Tech’s Foster doesn’t expect Exum back until Duke

BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster said he doesn’t expect senior cornerback Antone Exum (Deep Run High School) to play Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Foster, who spoke with the media after Wednesday’s practice, said he thinks Exum will sit out this game and use next week’s bye to be ready for the Duke game.
“I think you’re looking for him probably the Duke game,” Foster said of Exum, who has missed the first six games this year after undergoing knee surgery in February. “He just got his release. He said he was a little stiff today, but it loosened up. It’s different training to get back in rehab as opposed to getting back and playing the game, and playing with that bend in your knees and ankles and your acceleration and all those different change of direction you have to do. That’s hard to simulate in drill work or just in rehab, in therapy, things of that nature.”
Foster said he asked Exum about his status at practice Wednesday.
“Talked to him, asked him if he’s thinking about dressing,” Foster said. “I don’t think he is. But he’s practiced with the second group this week. We got him in there some. Letting him get more and more comfortable and getting more and more confidence getting out there and playing.”
Offensively, coordinator Scot Loeffler said that the emergence of the passing game is a credit to improvements at every position, not just quarterback. But Loeffler did praise senior QB Logan Thomas for working on getting through his read progressions were efficiently.
“Early in the season, my criticisms of Logan were not finding No. 2, not finding No. 3,” Loeffler said. “Well the pass play we ended up finding Jerome Wright on, he got all the way to No. 5. That was the fifth read in his progression. So anytime you see a guy doing that, things are starting to click. We need to keep getting better. It’s still not perfect, but improvement’s coming around.”
Thomas was apparently pretty proud of himself on that play as well.
“He came off, he was all jacked up,” Loeffler said. “He says, ‘I’m a rock star now. I made it to No. 5.’ And he did. I was really happy for him. I was really, really happy for him. And it was on time, it was on rhythm. It looked like you’re supposed to look.”