Football: McClure, Jalil to have surgery, but Jefferson, Willis among those expected to play


Cal sophomore starting cornerback Stefan McClure, who injured his knee against Washington State, will have surgery Wednesday, coach Sonny Dykes told reporters after practice.

It’s potentially tough news for McClure, who missed all of the 2012 season after an injury in 2011 to the same knee that required two surgeries. This time, McClure’s status will depend on what his surgeon finds and must do to remedy the issue.

“We’ll see at that point what it is,” Dykes said. “Could be 2-3 weeks, could be the season.”

Defensive tackle Mustafa Jalil (knee), who has not played all season, also is expected to undergo surgery late this week or early next to repair cartilage damage. He will not return in 2013.

But two other players injured in the 44-22 loss to the Cougars are considered probable to face the Bruins at the Rose Bowl: linebacker Jalen Jefferson (head) cornerback Joel Willis (head).

Dykes said Willis was not seriously injured Saturday, despite being taken by ambulance to the hospital. He called it was precautionary that Willis was kept overnight.

The Bears also expect to have back starting corner Kam Jackson (ankle), who sat out the WSU game but practiced Monday. Also probable to play after missing last week are running back Khalfani Muhammad (head) and receiver Maurice Harris (shoulder).


Receiver Maximo Espitia is being given a shot at safety in an attempt to address the Bears’ depth issues there. Dykes doesn’t expect the sophomore to make an impact soon at his new position.

“He’s a good athlete, got some range, played some safety in high school,” Dykes said. “We’ll see how he adjusts.”


ESPN announced the Cal-UCLA game will be shown on ESPN2.

There was no decision on the start time for Cal’s Oct. 19 home game against Oregon State. Expect that to come Tuesday.

Jeff Faraudo