DB coach Randy Stewart comforts Chris McCain (40).
Junior safety Avery Sebastian is taken off the field in an ambulance on Cal's eighth day of fall camp, following a big hit on running back Jeffrey Coprich.
UPDATE (12:00 a.m.): Early indications are that Sebastian suffered a "severe concussion," after the MRI was examined, but he is in good spirits, despite residual neck pain.
UPDATE (11:44 p.m.): Sebastian was taken for an MRI about 45 minutes ago.
UPDATE (8:28 p.m.): Sebastian is conscious and seeing teammates at the hospital. Cal released this statement: "Cal football player Avery Sebastian is resting at Highland Hospital in Oakland following an injury that occurred during the Golden Bears’ practice Monday. The junior safety, who was transported by ambulance, has movement in all his extremities and is expected to be released soon.
'I want to thank everyone for their positive thoughts and prayers,' Sebastian said."
UPDATE (7:55 p.m.): According to multiple sources who were on the field, Sebastian was moving his extremities.
BERKELEY -- For more than 15 minutes after colliding headlong with running back Jeffrey Coprich, California starting safety Avery Sebastian lay motionless on the Memorial Stadium turf.
Sebastian came up in run support to stop Coprich late in Monday’s scrimmage, and both players immediately went down after a loud collision. Coprich got up quickly, while Sebastian lay on the ground, with the medical and coaching staffs sprinting out to check on his condition.
The rest of the team quickly dropped to one knee, with some players visibly crying, others shaken, including defensive lineman Chris McCain and tailback Daniel Lasco, who was distraught and still in tears even after practice had ended. Safety Jason Gibson was also particularly shaken.
The team was assembled in the north end zone and then sent to the locker room, while an ambulance came onto the field. Sebastian was strapped to a backboard, head immobilized, and left the field without giving any signal, though indications are that he was conscious.
“Any time they have to drive an ambulance on your field, guys get concerned,” Dykes said. “We don’t have any idea the severity of it. As soon as we know something, we’ll put out a statement.”
Dykes declined to comment on the nature of the injury. One parent said afterward that Sebastian is the “heart and soul” of the defense.
Sebastian was taken to nearby Highland Hospital in Oakland, with much of his teammates following soon after in their own cars.
Dykes and his wife both were at the hospital as soon as possible, along with the cadre of Sebastian's teammates and his roommate, longsnapper Cary Kriegsman.
Sebastian was a 2011 U.S. Army All-American and a three-star prospect, and has played in each of the past two seasons for the Bears, playing in 23 of a possible 25 games, with four starts at safety last season. The junior out of McDonough (Ga.) Eagle’s Landing Christian has recorded 65 tackles, including 1.5 tackle for loss, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry.