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Tech’s Kyle Fuller to miss U.Va. game after surgery

BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech senior cornerback Kyle Fuller will miss the Hokies’ final regular-season football game at rival Virginia on Nov. 30 as he recovers from surgery Tuesday.

Tech announced Thursday that Fuller, who has been hampered by a groin injury since the team’s off week after Game 7, underwent successful “core muscle” surgery on Tuesday in Philadelphia. He is expected to make a full recovery in 4-6 weeks. Depending on how well his recovery goes and the date of the game, Fuller could be available, in some capacity, for Tech’s bowl game, which would be the final contest of his career.

Fuller has played in nine of the 11 games the Hokies (7-4, 4-3 ACC) have had this year, recording 24 tackles and two interceptions. He leads the team with 10 pass-break ups, but has seen limited action in the loss to Duke and the win over Miami. He did not play in losses to Boston College and Maryland.

Fuller was an all-conference selection as a sophomore, when he had 65 tackles and two interceptions, and was an honorable mention all-league pick last year (52 tackles, 2 interceptions.)

Senior cornerback Antone Exum (Deep Run High School) missed the first seven games of the year coming off knee surgery and missed the Maryland game because of an ankle injury he suffered the week before against Miami.

The Hokies have used a duo of true freshmen Brandon Facyson and Kendall Fuller, Kyle’s younger brother, at cornerback this season and the pair has played well.

They are tied for the team lead in interceptions with five each.