Season-Ending: McClure Out

Dykes talks about losing cornerback Stefan McClure again with a knee injury, plus more personnel notes from Thursday's practice.

BERKELEY -- Late on the first quarter last Saturday, on second-and-six at the California 25-yard line, Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday reared back and fired to receiver Gabe Marks in the end zone.

Golden Bears corner Stefan McClure vaulted into the air, broke up the pass, but came down awkwardly on his right knee -- the same knee that, just under two years ago, was severely injured in the 2011 season finale against Arizona State. That so-called Terrible Triad injury (ACL, MCL, meniscus) sidelined McClure for 20 months.

This time, the injury is not nearly as catastrophic, but it will still cost McClure the rest of the season, said head coach Sonny Dykes.

"Hate it for him, personally," Dykes said on Thursday, after McClure underwent surgery on Wednesday. "I know he's been through a lot to try to get back and to play, and I know he tried very hard. It's just a disappointing [thing]. He's a great kid, and he'll work through it, and I think it's going to be one of those situations where, hopefully, we'll get him back for the second half of spring football and he can get a little work done there."

Dykes did not know the exact specifics of the injury, but said that it did not involve the ligaments. When asked if it was an ACL injury, he said it was "nothing like that."

"I think it had something to do with the meniscus," Dykes said. "He's disappointed, obviously. But, he's like a lot of these guys: He's disappointed he's not having a chance to play and contribute, especially for him, it's been a long journey. He'll be back."

Dykes said he hopes to have McClure back for the second half of spring football.

"It could have been a lot worse. It's not a nine-month injury," Dykes said.

McClure had started each of the Bears' first five games, and is the team's third-leading tackler with 30 stops. he also has a team-high five pass breakups and 1.5 tackles for loss.

Also after practice, Dykes revealed that both Jalen Jefferson and Joel Willis (both head injuries) will not play on Saturday, and that defensive tackle Mustafa Jalil will undergo surgery on his injured knee next week, likely on Thursday.

Defensive lineman Harrison Wilfley will also be unavailable on Saturday due to a head injury suffered in practice.

Dykes said that offensive lineman Matt Cochran is still on pace to return to action in two weeks (ankle), but 'action' will likely just mean practice, at least at first, as he works his way back from a high ankle sprain.

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