BLACKSBURG — Antone Exum finally has the OK to play.
According to reports, Virginia Tech defensive backs coach Torrian Gray said on the radio show "Tech Talk Live" on Monday night that he'd received word the Hokies' star cornerback had been cleared by Dr. James Andrews to return to action.
Exum had to sit out Virginia Tech's first five games this season while rehabbing a knee injury. The redshirt senior had surgery on his right knee after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament, lateral and medial meniscus and a bone fracture while playing pickup basketball in January.
Gray said he learned of Exum's clearance through a text from the player's mother, Andy Bitter of the Roanoke Times reported.
Exum has been limited in practice the past few weeks, and the coaching staff must determine his game readiness. The Hokies (4-1, 1-0) play Atlantic Coast Conference rival North Carolina (1-3, 0-1) on Saturday at Lane Stadium.
“I think with his injury and what he’s coming off of, he has to be eased in naturally, so there will be some transition with that,” Gray said in the Roanoke Times report. “But we’ll kind of evaluate him during the week and see how it goes and we’ll determine it from there.”
Exum was a second-team All-ACC pick last season when he had 16 pass breakups, five interceptions, 48 tackles, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.