Cal football player Avery Sebastian, taken by ambulance to a local hospital after being injured during a Monday scrimmage, had movement in all of his extremities and was expected to be released, according to an athletic department statement.
“I want to thank everyone for their positive thoughts and prayers,” Sebastian said in the statement.
The scrimmage at Memorial Stadium was ended after Sebastian, a starter from McDonough, Ga., hit running back Jeffrey Coprich on a run up the middle and immediately went down.
For more than 15 minutes it appeared Sebastian did not move. While medical staff worked on Sebastian, his teammates were huddled in the north end zone, then sent to the locker room.
Finally, Sebastian was strapped to a gurney, his head immobilized, and taken by ambulance to Highland Hospital in Oakland.
Players still milling outside the stadium a few minutes afterward appeared emotional.
Said Cal coach Sonny Dykes, “I think anytime they have to drive an ambulance on your field, guys get concerned.”