A Cincinnati defensive back is receiving treatment at Ohio Stadium in Columbus after collapsing on the field during a play in the Bearcats game against Ohio State and experiencing convulsions.
Kyriq McDonald, a redshirt sophomore safety, was carted off the field and is in stable condition, according to multiple reports. He’s set to be transported to Ohio State University Hospital for further evaluation.
Early in the first quarter, McDonald was defending an Ohio State run as Buckeyes wide receiver K.J. Hill came to block him. But before Hill could make contact, McDonald lost his balance and fell on his side shaking.
ESPN sideline reporter Allison Williams said she spoke with McDonald’s mother, who said her son has a history of seizures.
The Cincinnati bench spilled out to where he lay near midfield to wish him well as medical staff drove him off the field. Ohio State fans stood to give him a round of applause.
McDonald transferred to Cincinnati over the summer after two years at Alabama. He redshirted as a true freshman when the Crimson Tide defeated Georgia to win the 2018 College Football Playoff championship game. He played on special teams and saw limited reserve duty in the defensive backfield.
He went on to see action as a backup safety in Cincinnati’s season opener, a 24-14 win over UCLA. McDonald recorded one tackle in the game, and was named the Bearcats’ special teams MVP, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. McDonald was expected to see more playing time after a season-ending injury to James Wiggins.