Football: Dykes says Sebastian doing better

Cal safety Avery Sebastian, released from the hospital Tuesday morning after being injured at practice the day before, was feeling better but will continue to be evaluated, Bears coach Sonny Dykes said.

“Avery’s good. He spent the day in our facility,” Dykes said. “He’s stiff, having a little pain here and there . . . mostly just neck. We’re still trying to diagnosis it.”

Dykes did not say if Sebastian sustained a concussion.

Asked if he expects the junior starter to play this season, Dykes said, “Yes. I would be surprised if he didn’t.”

But there is no timetable for his return to practice. “The thing we want to do is make sure he’s OK. We’ll worry about that later on,” Dykes said.

Sebastian, from McDonough, Ga., was injured during the scrimmage at Memorial Stadium when he collided with running back Jeffrey Coprich. He was motionless on the field for more than 15 minutes before paramedics put him in an ambulance and he was driven to Highland Hospital in Oakland.

Coprich, who described himself as close to Sebastian, said he was shaken by the incident.

“When he went down I teared up. I was scared because I didn’t know what was going on,” Coprich said. “From seeing him not get up right away, I instantly started to pray that everything was OK. And it is.

“I saw him earlier today and he’s good.”

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  • The Wisdom Cow

    A serious concussion should be automatic grounds for another year of eligibility. The NCAA should step up on that if they have not already.

    Let players take a year off. Don’t even take the chance at a second one doing real damage.

  • Suttree

    Good call Wisdom…there needs to a sea change on how these injuries are handled.

  • Juancho


    Cant help but think of jahvid best. Want him on the field as a fan and alumni. But if i were a family member, or himself 20 years later i would advocate doung a redshirt if eligible.

    Again. Look at jahvid.

  • Eric

    Having had a son suffer a concussion that knocked him out of school for two months, I completely agree.

  • CalBearister

    On the bright side, Avery hasn’t taken his blueshirt, so if he’s got a concussion he wouldn’t lose a year.

  • Jeffrey Coprich,Sr.

    The Coprich Family is lifting our Bear Family member Avery Sebastian and his beautiful mom Yvonne Sebastian in prayer. We are praying for a full and speedy recovery.

    Our daily prayers are always for the well being and safety, not only for our son, Jeffrey but for the entire Cal football team, coaches and staff.

    Avery – May God rest His Mighty hands on you at this very moment and give you complete healing. This is our prayer.


    Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey and Danielle Coprich