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December 19, 2013

Can Fuller Give It A Go?

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For the past two months, senior cornerback Kyle Fuller hasn't been able to shake a strained groin injury. It first happened in practice during Virginia Tech's first bye week in October.

Fuller tried to give it a go against Duke, but was limited. He missed the following week against Boston College, then re-aggravated the injury at Miami. Against a potent UCLA offense that mixes it up well, Fuller would be a big asset.

And for him personally, it's a big thing to play his last game as a Hokie and to also play alongside his brother, freshman Kendall Fuller. It's still no certainty though that the older Fuller will be able to play.

"My hopes and expectations are whatever he expects," defensive backs coach Torrian Gray said. "Obviously, he hasn't played the last however many games, but if he hopes and really wants to play, I'm hoping he's gonna be healthy. I'm hoping that he's gonna be 100 percent and if that's what he wants to do, that's his call and I hope he can play, hope he does play and does well."

For Virginia Tech, there's others who can come through against the Bruins, but especially with Fuller and senior cornerback Antone Exum questionable, it gets that much more difficult. Exum has missed the past two games with an ankle injury.

"They're just a productive offense, not a lot of lost yardage plays on video," defensive line coach Charley Wiles said. "A lot of that is due to their running backs and their quarterback. They don't wanna get in a bad play, so they're throwing a lot of the quick screens and bubbles and they do a good job."

Gray said that he thought Exum and Kyle Fuller were both at 60 percent health in Saturday's practice. But with just under two weeks until the Sun Bowl, Gray is holding out hope.

"He's had surgery, he's coming back and I think the big part if it is he wants to finish off with his brother," Gray said of Kyle. "If he's healthy enough and he wants to do it, I think that's great."

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