Bush Jr. takes first team reps, progressing after hamstring injury


CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — Illinois quarterback A.J. Bush Jr. took first team reps with the offense during Tuesday morning’s practice. The grad transfer has missed the last 2.5 games after injuring his hamstring in the first half against Western Illinois on Sept. 8th.

“If the (medical) staff says he’s ready to go and he’s 100 percent then we’ll be cautious with what we do but at the same time, if he’s ready to play then we’re going to do what we do,” Illinois offensive coordinator Rod Smith said. “You don’t want to play scared either. You hold him until he’s 100 percent, that’s what we’ve been doing and if he’s 100 percent then you throw your cards out there and go to work.”

Bush Jr. was made available by the coaching staff for the first time in weeks after Tuesday’s practice but he declined multiple interview requests by the media, saying he wants to keep a “low profile” heading into Saturday’s first true road game of the season at Rutgers.

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