PALO ALTO, Calif. -- UCLA's defensive backfield was always going to have its work cut out against Stanford and quarterback Andrew Luck, but the challenge will be even greater because of injuries that prevented several key players from making the trip for Saturday night's game against the Cardinal.
Starting cornerback Sheldon Price, Alex Mascarenas, the primary nickel back the last two weeks, and safety Dalton Hilliard, a two-game starter this season, are all back in Los Angeles because of injuries.
F-back Anthony Barr, who has two touchdowns this season, also stayed back in Los Angeles, as did kicker Kip Smith, who has missed the last two games with a hip flexor injury. Barr has a meniscus injury that may require surgery.
Price, the team's top cover corner, injured his knee when he stomped in frustration near the end of UCLA's victory last week against Oregon State. Mascarenas, who is also the holder on field goals and extra points, suffered a concussion during practice this week and Hilliard sprained his shoulder last week against Oregon State.
Safety Tony Dye, the team's leading tackler last season, is on the trip and will be a game-time decision for the 7:30 p.m. game against Stanford. Dye is nursing a shoulder injury and was limited in practice all week.