Virginia Tech cornerback Brandon Facyson will miss the rest of spring practice with a left tibia stress reaction. He will be placed in a boot as a precaution and is expected to make a full recovery in time for summer workouts.
The ball-hawking rising sophomore rose up the depth chart last season after injuries and transferred decimated the Hokie secondary. Facyson responded with gusto finishing the season with 27 tackles, five interceptions and eight pass breakups. He was rewarded for his efforts by being named a third team All-ACC pick and a freshman All-American. Together with ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year Kendall Fuller, the Hokies expect their secondary to be the backbone of Bud Foster’s perennially stout defense.
The single benefit of Facyson’s injury may be for the Hokies to analyze what kind of depth they have on the roster behind their top two corners. Redshirt sophomore Der’Woun Green, Donovan Riley and Chuck Clark figure to see an increased workload this spring. None of the three has much experience at cornerback but all three played last season, mostly in backup roles and on special teams. However, they should all have a chance to prove themselves this spring with Facyson out and make a move for increased playing time this fall.
As for Facyson, assuming he recovers in time for summer workouts, it is difficult to foresee how this minor setback could derail his playing time or spot on the depth chart. He clearly defined himself last season as the number two corner for the Hokies. His ball-hawking skills are reminiscent of former Hokie and current New York Giant Jayron Hosley, and he is one of the best ball-hawkers in the country. He was among the leaders in interceptions for much of the early part of last season.
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