Cal safety Damariay Drew injures knee in spring practice, will miss rest of spring ball

BERKELEY -- Sonny Dykes confirms that safety Damariay Drew will be done for the rest of spring with a knee injury.

BERKELEY -- During the 11-on-11 portion of Monday's practice, California safety Damariay Drew crumpled to the turf with what appeared to be a knee injury. He was carted off of the field and could not move on the leg, though he was able to stand and put some weight on it.

On Wednesday, head coach Sonny Dykes said that Drew -- who was seen wearing a bulky knee brace, but was not at practice -- would have surgery sometime in the next two weeks. He will be done for the remainder of spring ball.

"Damariay injured his knee in practice, and is going to have surgery, but we don't know when for sure," Dykes confirmed. "Probably within the next two weeks, and then we'll know more exactly what's going on when they go in. He'll be done for spring ball, and we'll know more at that point, and be able to tell you what the prognosis is, and the timetable and all that stuff."

When asked what exactly the injury might be, Dykes demurred.

"I don't want to speculate on it until they go in and see what it is, and figure it out," he said.

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.

Cornerback Darius Allensworth has also been out for much of spring, but Dykes said that the starting corner will return, and if they can get two practices out of him, it will be worth it.

Receiver Matthew Rockett also underwent hip surgery on Wednesday, and will "probably not" play the rest of spring.

"He's not moving around pretty good, and he's probably going to be done, but we'll have him back for fall camp," Dykes said. "He had a little something in his hip."


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