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  • Antone Exum

    Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum went to famed sports orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Alabama to undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL, torn meniscus and bone fracture in his left knee. Exum, a field corner, expects to be ready to play in the Hokies' Aug. 31 season opener against defending national champion Alabama in Atlanta.

Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 8:05 pm

BLACKSBURG — Antone Exum sat in a dark, hot room Wednesday, alone with his thoughts. He wasn’t brooding. But the assembled media didn’t realize he had popped into the interview room at the Jamerson Athletic Center, so Exum patiently sat in silence.

This has been routine for the Virginia Tech cornerback ever since he blew out his right knee playing pick-up basketball in January. Exum went up for a layup, realized he was going to miss it, and when he went back up for the rebound, he felt his knee crumble. Torn anterior cruciate ligament. Torn meniscus. Bone fracture. And just like that, the senior season of one of the ACC’s most promising cornerbacks was in serious jeopardy.

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