05/07/2014 - Five players who should be on Atlanta's draft radar...DB Antone Exum, Virginia Tech: The "other" cornerback at Virginia Tech, Exum's senior season was derailed after an off-season ACL injury, but he has the skill set to play either free safety or corner in the NFL and will be an excellent value in the fourth or fifth round. Exum has an impressive physique for the position and passes the eye test, but he lacks elite speed and often finds himself trailing with his back to the line of scrimmage. His aggressive nature is both his best and worst quality, getting physical and bloodying his nose, but sometimes too early or too late. Exum has starting traits, most likely in a free safety role at the next level, but the durability is the mystery element to his evaluation, coming of a serious knee injury. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/04/2013 - Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum will not make his return on Saturday after all. The redshirt senior was cleared this week to return to action just over eight months after badly injuring his right knee in a pickup basketball game. Exum said Friday in a statement released by the school he postponed his return because he wants to be ready to play at a high level and there are areas of his game that need fine tuning. He says it's not in his best interests, or those of the team, for him to play just yet. He says there have been no setbacks. The Hokies (4-1, 1-0 ACC) play Coastal Division rival North Carolina (1-3, 0-1). Virginia Tech has the nation's fifth-rated pass defense, allowing just 138 yards per game. - AP Sports
10/01/2013 - Virginia Tech DB Antone Exum (knee surgery) cleared to play...Virginia Tech defensive back Antone Exum will return to practice this week and has been cleared to play against North Carolina on Saturday. Exum underwent knee surgery in January after suffering an injury during a game of pick-up basketball. The All-ACC cornerback started 13 games in 2012, rising to the top as one of the league's best defensive backs while the Hokies offense struggled and the team finished 7-6. "After eight months of right ACL reconstruction rehab, Antone Exum was cleared for full participation by Dr. James Andrews yesterday afternoon," Hokies head athletic trainer Mike Goforth said in an official statement.
"He will return to practice this week without any restrictions and is expected to continue rehabilitation for the remainder of the season. His playing time for North Carolina and all future games will be determined by how well the right knee tolerates practices this week and how quickly he re-establishes pre-injury cardiovascular endurance and pre-injury skill levels." In addition to easing Exum back into game shape, the question for defensive coordinator Bud Foster is how to work the talented senior into a defensive backfield that has excelled so far this season. Freshmen Kendall Fuller and Brandon Facyson have played exceptionally during the Hokies 4-1 start. Facyson is tied for No. 1 nationally with four interceptions, and leads the ACC (along with Kendall's older brother, Kyle Fuller) with seven passes defended. Kendall Fuller has two interceptions on the season and five passes defended. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
09/26/2013 - CB Antone Exum (knee) told reporters Monday that he is scheduled to meet with noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Saturday, and he hopes to be back for next week's home game against North Carolina. - The Sports Xchange
08/27/2013 - Senior CB Antone Exum will miss the season opener against No. 1 Alabama and could be out for at least the first month of the season as he continues to recover from offseason knee surgery. Exum met with noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews at the start of training camp, and Andrews instructed Exum to continue with strengthening exercises and scheduled a re-examination for late September. - The Sports Xchange
08/14/2013 - Normally, Antone Exum is not at a loss for words, but the redshirt senior was clearly disappointed after arriving back in Blacksburg following a visit with Dr. James Andrews, the noted orthopaedic surgeon who operated on Exum's torn ACL. Andrews delivered bad news, telling Exum that he had a ways to go before being ready to play. He wants to see Exum again in two months, meaning Exum will miss the season opener against Alabama and other games as well. "I definitely wanted to play," Exum said. "I don't know if I thought it would be two months. That's not just the first game. That's a couple of games."
Exum had tried to temper his own expectations during the offseason, even though his knee felt pretty good - and still does. His goal was to return for the Alabama game, but he knew that might not be completely realistic. Now, he may miss as many as four games. "I didn't know what to expect," Exum said of his visit with Andrews. "I haven't had an injury like this before, so I don't really know the timetable on things. I wasn't completely 100 percent sure where I was at. I was just waiting on their feedback. "It's basically strength and power [with his knee]. We did little tests and stuff to see where I'm at. Some of them I did well, and some, I need to get better. It's just a matter of continuing to get better. "Basically, he said I had two more months to go and they would re-test to see if I'm ready to go then." - Virginia Tech football
08/11/2013 - TOP VIRGINIA TECH PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. CB Antone Exum (6-0, 224, 4.53)...If not for his recent injury, Exum might be No. 1 on this list. But after tearing the ACL and meniscus in his right knee while playing basketball this past January, there are questions about when he'll be able to return to the football field and if he can come back at full health. A versatile defensive back with his size/speed combination, Exum bounced between cornerback and safety as a freshman before moving to safety as a sophomore where he started all 14 games in 2011 (11 at free safety, 3 at rover).
He transitioned back to cornerback this past season as a junior and started all 13 contests, finishing with a team-best five interceptions and 21 passes defended. Exum is well-built for the position and isn't shy in press coverage, embracing the physical side of the position. He has quick eyes to find the ball and make a play, but struggles with inconsistent timing and is too hands-on in coverage, attracting some easy calls for the officials. Exum has strong confidence and a fearless attitude with a short memory to continue to play physical despite mistakes, but his aggressiveness can be his best and worst quality. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/15/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Antone Exum, Virginia Tech, DB...An All-ACC Second-Team honoree at corner as selected by both the media and coaches in 2012 ... Earned SI.com all-bowl team honors after being named MVP of the Russell Athletic Bowl ... Started all 13 games ... Played over 900 plays, logging 835 at corner and 72 more on special teams ... Recorded 48 tackles, including 1.5 for loss ... Led the team with five interceptions ... Also had 16 pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. - Virginia Tech football
07/15/2013 - 2013 JIM THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST: CB Antone Exum, Virginia Tech...An All-ACC Second-Team honoree at corner as selected by both the media and coaches in 2012 ... Earned SI.com all-bowl team honors after being named MVP of the Russell Athletic Bowl ... Started all 13 games ... Played over 900 plays, logging 835 at corner and 72 more on special teams ... Recorded 48 tackles, including 1.5 for loss ... Led the team with five interceptions ... Also had 16 pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. - Virginia Tech football
05/21/2013 - 2013 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech...An All-ACC Second-Team honoree at corner as selected by both the media and coaches in 2012...Started all 13 games...Played over 900 plays, logging 835 at corner and 72 more on special teams...Recorded 48 tackles, including 1.5 for loss...Led the team with five interceptions...Also had 16 pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. - Virginia Tech football