SAN JOSE, Calif. — Junior running back Josh Jacobs is expected to play during the national championship game on Monday. Jacobs wasn’t spotted during the open portion of practice on Thursday, but traveled with the team to California. He practiced earlier in the week and again on Saturday afternoon.

He declined to say why he was absent on Thursday at Alabama’s Media Day in the SAP Center.

“It’s funny how you all come up with stuff,” he said. “I heard some people said I failed a drug test. If I failed a drug test, I wouldn’t be able to play in last week’s game. … I’ve never done anything wrong since I’ve been at Alabama. I’ve never been in trouble or anything like that.”

Jacobs led the team in rushing in the Orange Bowl against Oklahoma, posting 15 carries for 98 yards. He also added four catches for 60 yards and a touchdown. For the season, he has 593 rushing yards and leads the team with 11 touchdowns. He also has 19 receptions for 231 yards and three touchdowns.