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October 16, 2013

VT Ready For Rest

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Since the first Monday of August, there really hasn't been any let-up with Virginia Tech. The Hokies have had little time off since the beginning of fall camp and burst into the season with six straight wins after a season-opening loss to Alabama.

But it's now time for a bit of rest.

With a lighter practice schedule (Tuesday and Wednesday practices, then three straight days off), Virginia Tech is hoping to re-group and rest. That includes senior cornerback Antone Exum.

After being medically cleared to return from a torn ACL and meniscus, Exum has put his return on hold. He didn't dress for the North Carolina or Pittsburgh games, hoping instead to use this week's bye in preparation to play against Duke Oct. 26. Exum is not ready yet, but defensive backs coach Torrian Gray hopes that will change after Exum has time to rest and further prepare himself.

"Being cleared and having two weeks of work, I think I see him getting closer and closer," Gray said. "He has to feel good. If he wants to go out there and kinda ease back, that's gonna be on him. I think he's at a point now where he's at least in the ease back mode. We'll see exactly where he is in another week and a half, as far as, if he feels that he's in starter mode and wanna work from there."

There's work to be done and there will be plenty of film watched. But as one of the only teams to go seven games into the season before a break, a bye is certainly needed in a number of ways.

"We've been going for seven weeks and even before seven weeks, we've been going straight," senior defensive end James Gayle said. "So it's been kinda grueling. I think guys need some time to get their legs back under them."



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