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