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With 17 days left until Virginia Tech takes the field against Appalachian State, we turn our attention to number 17 on roster, Mr. Kyle Fuller. Playing as a true freshman is never easy at Virginia Tech. Most of the coaches prefer to redshirt kids if they’re not mentally or physically ready to contribute at this level. For Fuller, he was able to spurn that redshirt year by entering Tech at a good weight and being able to learn the nuances of the cornerback position quickly. With some experience last year, Fuller was able to defeat fellow cornerback Cris Hill for a starting spot this fall.
Weight: 185 lbs
High School: Mount St. Joseph High School
How Did He Get Here
Fuller was just a 5.5 three star recruit on Rivals.com that held offers from Syracuse, Kansas, Duke, Maryland and of course, Virginia Tech. After a July visit to Tech, Fuller decided to accept the Hokies scholarship offer and commit on July 14th 2009.
Despite being listed as a backup, Fuller started six games last season in the Hokies new nickel package. He also racked up on the statsheet, finishing the season with 32 total tackles, four tackles for loss, six pass deflections, and one forced fumble. Those are impressive numbers for a true freshman.
I have to thank Sean Bielawski for this stat but Tech has started a new player at field cornerback for the last four seasons. Each one of those new starters has picked off at least five passes in their first season starting. Jayron Hosley had nine in 2010, Rock Carmichael had six in 2009, both Stephan Virgil and Macho Harris had six in 2008 (not sure who played which), and Macho had five in 2007. Will Fuller follow this trend and pick off five or six passes this year? Tough to tell but recent history suggests he will.
Overall, I like Fuller and the skills he brings to the table. He’s a little more cerebral then out past corners who have been excellent athletes. He’s also improved his technique since the end of last season. All of those signs point to the Maryland native having a terrific 2011 campaign.
His forced fumble against Miami last season.
Dropping a couple of INT’s last year. Don’t remember the game but I just remember Fuller breaking on a pass and having it hit his hands then fall to the turf. It was a tough catch but one I would expect him to make this season.
Completely made up fact
Coach Foster has decided to clone all of the Fuller brothers so he can one day have his ultimate defense.
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