Miami All-American safety Kamren Kinchens was sent off in the fourth quarter of a 48-33 win over No. 23 Texas A&M on Saturday after apparently suffering a severe blow to his upper body.
Kinchens attempted to tackle Aggies receiver Ainias Smith on the play. He remained on the ground and his teammates immediately waved to the medical staff on the Miami sideline to come onto the field.
Medical staff attended to Kinchens when players from both teams suffered a knee injury in a game that Miami led 48-33 with 1:33 left.
After Kinchens was treated for several minutes, medical staff placed him on a stretcher and carried him off the field. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Miami coach Mario Cristobal said initial reports said things were “relatively normal” with Kinchens. Cristobal said he was on his way to the hospital after his postgame news conference but expected Kinchens to be OK.
“It’s as hard as it gets. They have parents in the stands,” Cristobal said. “Very hopeful. I don’t like to get ahead of myself, but I want to believe that everything is moving in the right direction.”
The crowd, electrified as Miami mounted a comeback from an early 10-point hole, fell silent. Some of his teammates gathered in a circle and prayed.
Kinchens was having a big game up to that point with an interception by Aggies quarterback Conner Weigman in the third quarter.