UCLA safety Tony Dye said prior to Saturday night's showdown with cross-town rival USC that the thought of leaving his Bruins without having ever beaten the Trojans would be "personally damaging to me."
Unfortunately, the humbling 50-0 score isn't all that may prove personally damaging to Dye. The UCLA senior also suffered an injury to his right leg that cause trainers to help the safety off the field and led to Dye being carted off the sidelines to take x-rays.
Root Sports sideline reporter Petros Papadakis said the injury "doesn't look good" as Dye left the field in the second quarter. Results of any medical tests are expected to be released Sunday.
The leg injury continues an awful season for Dye, who entered the year as UCLA's most highly touted NFL prospect. Dye entered the year having already started three seasons at strong safety. He was recognized as the Bruins Co-MVP last year (along with now Tennessee Titans linebacker Akeem Ayers) after leading the team with 96 tackles. He was moved to free safety this year to put him in position to make more plays on the ball and to take over for Rahim Moore, a second round pick by the Denver Broncos.
It didn't take long for Dye's senior season to get sidetracked, however. Dye suffered through neck stingers September 10 against San Jose State and though he attempted to play through bouts of pain, numbness and tingling against Texas a week later, he was ultimately pulled and hadn't played until November 19 against Colorado. He considered taking a medical redshirt on the year but elected to return to the field, posting two tackles against the Buffaloes. Dye was held without a tackle prior to getting hurt against USC.
Should the leg injury be as serious as fear, the decision unfortunately, could turn out disastrous for Dye's NFL hopes.
Dye currently has 23 tackles in 2011.