MOBILE, Ala. -- Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller has pulled out of the Senior Bowl all-star game due to injuries.
Named an All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection in coaches' balloting, the former Mount St. Joseph standout dealt with a sports hernia throughout his senior year and had surgery in November after aggravating the injury against Miami.
Fuller finished his senior year with 24 tackles, two interceptions and 10 pass deflections and was named to the All-America second team by the Walter Camp Foundation.
"He was still working through an injury, rehabbing," said Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage, a former Cleveland Browns general manager and Ravens executive. "We had nine players that were a healthy scratch and 19 players who had some injury or surgery or a rehab situation where they felt like they weren't 100 percent."
Fuller comes from a strong football family.
One older brother, Vincent Fuller, played in the NFL and another older brother, Corey Fuller, plays for the Detroit Lions. And Kyle Fuller's younger brother, Kendall Fuller, was a freshman All-American last season and the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year as he led the Hokies with six interceptions.
Kyle Fuller is projected as a second-round or third-round draft target, provided he gets healthy.
"He played against Alabama the first game of the year and had an excellent game," Savage said. "He played really well the first five, six weeks of the season, so he was on our list really from the very beginning."