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Tech’s Exum expects to play against Duke; Facyson has concussion

BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum believes he will play Saturday against Duke, the senior’s first action of the season. Exum missed the first seven games of the year after offseason knee surgery.
“I think so,” Exum said Tuesday night after practice. “That’s how I’m preparing. That’s my mindset. It’s looking good for to be out there on Saturday.”
Defensive backs coach Torrian Gray said he expects Exum to start Saturday’s game against Duke.
“I’m pretty positive Exum’s going to go,” Gray said. “I know he feels excited he’s going to star the game. He’s definitely preparing mentally and physically to start the game here.”
True freshman Brandon Facyson, who would likely start at corner if Exum can’t go (with fellow true freshman Kendall Fuller starting at nickel back) didn’t practice Tuesday. Facyson suffered a concussion during practice Sunday. Facyson said he intercepted a pass to tight end Kalvin Cline but hit his head and knock as he came down to the turf.
“I came down and my neck snapped back and I just hit the back of my head on the ground,” Facyson said. “Got up feeling a little woozy, took a couple plays off, that’s when I knew something was wrong. I wasn’t in my right state of mind.”
Facyson said he’s hopeful he’ll be cleared by Saturday. Gray said he’ll be more concerned about Facyson’s status if he can’t practice Wednesday.