Football: Dykes believes message heard

In this week’s episode of “The Drive” on the Pac-12 Networks, Cal coach Sonny Dykes talked to his team about the difference between pain and injury.

“I think they got the message,” he said, noting that after the Portland State game 16 players missed practice on Monday, but that after the Ohio State game just two were sidelined.

“That’s part of our culture that we’ve got to change. Guys have got to learn to work through things. It’s college football,” Dykes said.

“Obviously, our number one concern is player safety. If somebody’s injured, we’re going to take care of them. At the same time, if you’ve got a sprained ankle, you’ve got to push through.”

Dykes downplayed the scenes showing him delivering tough-love encouragement to linebacker Khairi Fortt and running back Brendan Bigelow.

“I have talks like that with guys all the time, 10 times a day” he said. “Just not on television all the time.”

Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    In other news. Our top recruiting commit, jaleel wadood, has decided to go on an official visit to oregon state this weekend.

    If we dont get a great recruiting class this year were going to be in rough shape. This isnt the wac.

    Lets hope for some good stuff tonight. That tv show is making arizona state look like a future rose bowl team. And us like the bad news bears. Between buh looking lost two weeks ago, dykes calling out players this past week, its been tough to watch.

  • Nor-Cal Scott

    Juan, recruits typically take recruiting trips after they’ve given a verbal commitment. It would be interesting to hear what JW thinks of the Beavers, Reser Stadium, the training facilities, and lil ol’ Corvallis.

  • Woj

    Football: Dykes believes message heard.

    Monday morning QBing – LOL on Dykes!

  • Woj

    Nice being the conference patsy and doormat.
    So this is how Oregon St. felt for the 1980s.