Virginia Tech cornerback Brandon Facyson’s status for the season opener against West Virginia on Sept. 3 is in the air due to a wrist injury, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Mike Barber.
Facyson is still not at full speed in practice, but has been able to participate more than his coaches expected following offseason surgery. The senior has been a part of non-contact drills. He has already started 36 games in his career, which has allowed coaches to feel more comfortable than missing someone with less experience, per Barber.
The decision on Facyson’s Week 1 status will be determined by team trainers, coach Justin Fuente and Facyson, cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Senior Greg Stroman and junior Adonis Alexander are also slated to start at cornerback. Mitchell reportedly said he’s also comfortable with depth among backups at the position with sophomore Jovonn Quillen and redshirt freshman Tyree Rogers.
“You always want to get the reps right now in camp, get in condition, get in shape, see as many situations as you can on the football field,” Mitchell said, per Barber. “Brandon being, what is he? A three-year, four-year starter now? He’s seen quite a bit, so you’re not as worried about some of the things that you would with a young corner, because he can go in there schematically and do everything, get lined up, progress from point A to point C with no problem. My only concern is, will he be physically ready to go 50 reps or 80 reps. We just have to gauge that.”