According to Virginia Tech head athletic trainter Mike Goforth, cornerback Antone Exum has been cleared to play.
Exum, a second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection last season, has spend eight months rehabbing his injured right knee. He tore his ACL in a pickup basketball game in January.
Goforth’s release on Tuesday noted that Exum had been cleared by Dr. James Andrews to practice without any restrictions.
"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," Goforth said.
Exum started all 13 games last season at cornerback. In Exum’s absence, freshmen Brandon Facyson and Kentall Fuller have had excellent starts at the corner. Both have two interceptions on the year.Barring any issues with Exum's knee, the veteran's return to the defense is expected to free up Facyson to move to the other side of the football for increased snaps at wide receiver.