BERKELEY -- With just two starting defensive backs returning from last season, California already had one -- cornerback Darius Allensworth -- go down early this spring with an ankle injury. Late in Monday's shells-only practice, the Bears lost another one -- hard-hitting, run-stuffing safety Damariay Drew. Drew went to the ground after twisting his leg during 11-on-11 work, and was in clear pain as he was taken off the field on a cart.
"You guys know as much as I do," said head coach Sonny Dykes. "We'll see. We'll get an evaluation."
It appeared to be a knee injury, as Drew was able to put weight on the leg, but could not move as he was supported by two trainers. Dykes would not speculate.
Drew -- a three-star recruit out of Livermore, Calif., who spent his sophomore 2014 season with Butte Community College after legal troubles forced his departure from Berkeley, where he played in all 12 games as a freshman -- returned to Cal last season and recorded 71 tackles and two interceptions in 11 games last season.
Receiver Kanawai Noa, who was supposed to be limited this spring due to knee surgery, has not been out at practice. He appears to be behind schedule.
"I thought he'd do a little bit more," Dykes said. "It'll depend on how he progresses. We're trying to get him back to where he can do a little bit of stuff, but it's all going to be on the back half, and he'll be pretty limited."
Another experienced receiver -- Matthew Rockett -- has not been in practice as of late.
"He's had a little bit of an issue with his hip, but he's working through it," Dykes said. "I think there's a good chance you might see him return at some point."
The rest of the receiving corps had a rough day. After the group caught three of their first 12 balls in receiver-defensive back one-on-ones, Dykes was furious, and the receivers were punished with a round of up-downs.
"We looked a little tired, a little sluggish, and I didn't think we were getting the effort we needed from those guys," Dykes said. "It's a young group, and we've got to do a better job of grinding through adversity. Right now, we're not probably as mentally tough as we need to be, but that's on us to get them tougher as coaches. It's a talented group; we've just got to be consistent. Right now. we have a tendency, when things aren't going our way, to fold it up a little bit. We saw some of that, today."
Stay tuned for more from Monday's practice.null