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Antone Exum, Kyle Fuller battling injuries for Hokies


Virginia Tech will celebrate "Senior Day" on Saturday, but the Hokies could be without their two best seniors.

Cornerbacks Antone Exum and Kyle Fuller are battling minor injuries that could keep them out of Saturday's matchup with Maryland. Exum, who has missed all but three games this season while rehabbing from knee surgery, has a sore ankle. Fuller has a groin injury; he has missed two of the past three games because of the injury. Both are considered among the top six or seven senior corners in the nation.

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"Right now, the way things are standing, it's not looking like we're going to have certain guys," secondary coach Torrian Gray told the Roanoke (Va.) Times after practice Tuesday.

Gray said Exum is more likely to play than Kyle Fuller.

If those two miss Saturday's game, the Hokies will plug in freshman corners Brandon Facyson and Kendall Fuller, both of whom have played at a high level this fall. But depth obviously would be compromised, and nickel and dime packages would become an adventure. Starting free safety Detrick Bonner -- a former corner -- likely would be the nickelback.

One positive for Virginia Tech: Maryland's passing attack has suffered greatly since starting wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long were lost for the season with broken legs in the Oct. 19 loss at Wake Forest.

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