BERKELEY -- This still is the beginning for Cal's football program under first-year coach Sonny Dykes, but time is running out for the team's nine scholarship seniors.

For defensive end Dan Camporeale, Saturday night's game against Oregon State is one of six remaining chances to make a statement.

"So for the rest of my life," Camporeale said, "I can say I'm proud of what we did."

No one in the program is feeling that sense of achievement so far. The Bears (1-5, 0-3 Pac-12) have lost five games to Football Bowl Subdivision opponents by an average margin of 24 points. Beating the Beavers (5-1, 3-0), led by NCAA passing leader Sean Mannion, won't be easy.

While he's rebuilding around freshman quarterback Jared Goff and a core of young players, Dykes appreciates those on his roster who have made a longer investment.

"I don't think anybody has started any of that talk of let's just get through this year. We're just trying to win a football game," Dykes said. "I think the seniors want to do it, everybody wants to do it.

"Our team is desperate to get a win."

Camporeale said there is no division on the team, no finger pointing.

"We're not happy with where we are, we're fed up with it," he said. "I think there is frustration, but we're using it in the right way."

That means trying to address Dykes' long to-do list, including starting faster, finishing stronger and almost everything in between.


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"We haven't played well in a while," Dykes said. "But I think they are believing in what we're preaching in terms of building a culture, building a program from the foundation up.

"Like everything else, when you're 18 to 22 years old, you want to see results yesterday. They do understand how important it is to do things the way we're doing them."

  • Center Chris Adcock and defensive tackle Mustafa Jalil underwent successful knee surgeries this week, Dykes said. Adcock had his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments repaired, and Jalil got new cartilage from a cadaver. Both players are expected back next season.

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