Bret Bielema says RB Josh McCray is 'very close' to returning in Week 6
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.
#illini head coach Bret Bielema didn’t rule out Josh McCray for Saturday but said his availability will depend on how his body responds in the next few days.
“I know he’s very, very close. We’ll see Saturday.”
— Joey Wagner (@mrwagner25) October 6, 2022
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.