As expected, Virginia Tech will be without its two most experienced cornerbacks for its upcoming game.
The Hokies Thursday confirmed that Antone Exum and Kyle Fuller have been ruled out of Saturday’s game against Maryland due to injury. The former is suffering from an ankle injury, the latter a groin issue.
Exum returned from a torn ACL in the offseason for the Oct. 26 loss to Duke, but injured his ankle in the win over Miami this past weekend.
Fuller strained his groin during the mid-October bye week and has been limited ever since, although he’s played in every game. Fuller, who started the first seven games before giving way to both his injury and Exum in the starting lineup, entered the Hurricanes game leading the ACC in passes defended (12) and passes broken up (10).
The good news for the Hokies is that, because of the injury issues at the position, Kendall Fuller and Brandon Facyson have emerged as promising and productive players at the front-end of the secondary. The freshmen have combined for nine interceptions this season, with Fuller tied for ninth nationally in interceptions per game and Facyson tied for 14th.
That young duo, obviously, will get the start against the Terps.