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Alabama defensive back Kyriq McDonald had a scare during the national title game.

Alabama DB Kyriq McDonald collapses on sideline, stretchered off field

A scary situation occurred on the Alabama sideline during the third quarter of the National Championship Game on Monday night in Atlanta.

Freshman defensive back Kyriq McDonald collapsed on the Crimson Tide’s sideline, was stretchered off and then taken back to the locker room.

“The freshman defensive back is being loaded onto the medical cart,” ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi said on the broadcast. “He’s awake and conscious right now. It was a serious situation with him surrounded by medical staff; he apparently just collapsed in the bench area of the Crimson Tide. Glad to see his eyes open right now. He was nodding during some of the prompts that the training staff was giving him. Obviously, we’ll update you as we go along, but it was good to see him awake and alert and give a little bit of a smile there as he heard the crowd shout at him.”

McDonald hasn’t played in a game this season.

Alabama trailed Georgia 20-10 at the end of the third quarter.

More details regarding McDonald’s situation will be included as they become available.