The Exum-Facyson “Problem”

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With the return of Antone Exum , the Virginia Tech coaching staff has a good problem to have.  How do they balance the playing time between a senior All-ACC player and the nation’s leader in interceptions?

It’s an embarrassment of riches, though Torrian Gray isn’t embarrassed by it one bit.  He’s got Antone Exum , Virginia Tech’s best cover corner in 2012, and Brandon Facyson , who currently leads college football in interceptions.  Most defensive back coaches around the country wish they had the same issues.

Exum has been cleared to play, though we aren’t exactly sure how much he’ll play against North Carolina this weekend.  That’s a tough team to kick off the rust against, because of their offensive weapons.  Then again, it would have been equally as tough against the cut blocks of Georgia Tech, or in the rain against Marshall.  He’s got to come back at some point, so it might as well be this week.

I don’t know when Exum will be back to playing like he was at the end of 2012.  It probably won’t be this week, but whenever it does happen, Torrian Gray will have a decision to make.  And his decision will be to start Antone Exum at field corner, whenever Gray feels like he’s 100% back.  That means Kyle Fuller will be playing the nickel spot full time.  So what do you do with Brandon Facyson , a definite freshman All-American and the nation’s leader in interceptions?

Well, Facyson was a great wide receiver in high school, and the Tech coaches know that. They have decided to give Facyson some time at wide receiver in practice to see how he does.  In fact, the first time I saw his high school film, I thought he would be a wide receiver in college rather than a cornerback.  If you don’t believe me, watch the video below and judge for yourself.

Facyson has the best natural ball skills of any player on the team.  In fact, I think he and Kendall Fuller are actually the two best natural receivers on the team.  If one of them (Facyson