I wrote a follow-up story in today’s paper about cornerback Brandon Facyson‘s big night in Atlanta. It starts about Facyson but finishes with the dilemma the Hokies are going to have once cornerback Antone Exum is cleared to play, which he expects to have happen this weekend.
As I wrote, coaches have told Exum he’ll start if he’s completely healthy. And with Kyle Fuller as the other cornerback, that would seem to push Kendall Fuller and Facyson off the field unless the Hokies are in the nickel. But both of those freshmen have played tremendously well this year. It’ll be tough to take them off the field. It’s a good problem to have.
Anyway, here’s the story. Feel free to leave your thoughts about what you think Virginia Tech should do with its secondary in the comments section.
ATLANTA — At practice, Virginia Tech cornerback Brandon Facyson still wears a Northgate High T-shirt under his jersey, an homage to the coaches and school in Newnan, Ga., that helped him get a big-time scholarship offer.
He’s not allowed to wear it under his jersey in games, but Facyson did one better: He put on a show in front of friends and family who made the 40-minute ride up the Interstate to see him play against Georgia Tech on Thursday.
The precocious freshman continued his fast start, notching his fourth interception in five games to grab a share of the national lead.
But that wasn’t all. He had three tackles, broke up two passes, recovered a fumble and forced another, doing so against a Georgia Tech team that was his other finalist in the recruiting process.
“He’s not a freshman. He’s just not,” Hokies linebacker Jack Tyler said. “He’s so far ahead of what most freshmen are at that point. Just football IQ-wise, ball skill-wise, he’s a heck of a player. And if he keeps getting better … whew. He’s going to be one of the best corners in the country fairly quickly.”