Cal head football coach Sonny Dykes speaks about his contract extension for the first time

BERKELEY -- Cal head coach Sonny Dykes updates personnel moves, and addresses media reports surrounding his extension, whether he got what he wanted out of it, and what he saw out of the Bears on Friday.

BERKELEY -- California head coach Sonny Dykes addressed the Missouri rumors, reports of him "wanting out of Berkeley," his contract extension and the pay for his assistants after bowl practice on Friday. Did he get what he wanted out of the deal? I asked him just that. Watch the video for his answer. Also of note: Players have started to call Dykes's locker room dance after the Arizona State win the "Sonny Shuffle."

Also, Dykes updated the status of several injured players.

Safety Damariay Drew was moving around very well in uppers and shorts, and though he's non-contact at this point, he will play against Air Force.

Dykes said that linebacker Devante Downs is "done" for the year, and will not play. Linebacker Michael Barton will also be out, as will linebacker Hamilton Anoa'i. Linebacker Ray Davison, though, will play, after missing the season finale against the Sun Devils. 

Defensive tackles Tony Mekari and Marcus Manley will be taking things lightly this week, but will be slowly brought back, and they're expected to play. We should see more out of them next week.

The first half of practice was more of a "maintenance" practice than anything else, as the Bears have not yet started to prepare for Air Force. The first half saw the first-team offense go against the first-team defense, with a "much more competitive" atmosphere, according to first-team All-Pac-12 wide receiver Kenny Lawler, who made one of the highlight plays of practice with a leaping, falling-backwards grab between cornerback Darius White and safety Stefan McClure for a touchdown in the back corner of the north end zone. Two plays later, quarterback Jared Goff found Chad Hansen on a drag route across the back of the end zone for another score. Dykes confirmed to me after practice that freshman running back Lonny Powell was no longer with the program, and believes he is no longer in school. I am working to confirm that, as well. He had some "challenges," Dykes said.

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