Bret Bielema addressed running back Josh McCray’s status for the Illini’s upcoming game against Iowa Saturday.

The Illinois head coach said McCray is “very, very close” but admits its up to how his body reacts on gameday.

McCray has played just one game this season against Wyoming, essentially forcing Chase Brown to take the reigns of the rushing offense by himself. In his one game, McCray tallied 8 carries for 31 yards.

Still, he’s a big piece for depth and perhaps more importantly, giving Brown a break for a play or 2. Against a stout Iowa defense, that’s even more important.