ACC All Access: Injuries will keep Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller and Antone Exum from playing in last home game

Senior cornerbacks Kyle Fuller and Antone Exum won't be able to play in the final home game of their careers Saturday when Virginia Tech hosts Maryland.

Fuller will miss the game due to a groin injury he has struggled with for the past month, while Exum will have to sit out due to an ankle injury he suffered in the first half of last Saturday's win at Miami.

Several Tech players are listed as probable for the Maryland game, including starting left tackle Jonathan McLaughlin with a groin injury, right tackle Brent Benedict with an ankle injury and cornerback Chuck Clark with an ankle injury.

Other notable backups that will miss the game are wide receiver Carlis Parker with a groin injury and defensive end Matt Roth with a head injury. Defensive end Ken Ekanem and linebacker Chase Williams are dealing with hamstring injuries, while long snapper Joe St. Germain has a foot injury, but all three players are probable.

With Fuller and Exum sidelined this weekend, Tech (7-3 overall, 4-2 ACC) will start true freshmen Brandon Facyson and Kendall Fuller, who is Kyle's brother, at the cornerback spots.

On Wednesday, defensive coordinator Bud Foster said Tech would continue working with free safety Detrick Bonner as its nickel back, and would also get Clark more involved in the role as his ankle improves.

Though Tech will be thin at the cornerback spots, Maryland (5-4, 1-4) will come to Blacksburg with just five healthy wide receivers. Receiver Levern Jacobs will miss the game due to a concussion, and receiver DeAndre Lane is out with a hamstring injury. Receivers Deon Long and Stefon Diggs each suffered a broken leg last month, putting them out for the season.

One of the five receivers Maryland will have at its disposal will be Ricardo Young, a former Tech quarterback who transferred to New Mexico, before ultimately transferring to Maryland and switching positions.

In addition to Jacobs and Lane, Maryland will be without left tackle Moise Larose, a true freshman who is dealing with an ankle injury. Linebackers Cole Farrand, who sustained a concussion two weeks ago, and L.A. Goree (back spasms) and safety Anthony Nixon (toe) are all starters who will play against Tech.


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