Virginia Tech senior cornerback Antone Exum is on the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given out each season to the best defensive back in the country.
Exum was selected second team All ACC by both the media and the coaches last year.
He led the Hokies with five interceptions, and was second in the nation with 21-passes defended after making the move from safety to cornerback.
The Richmond-native tore his right ACL and lateral meniscus playing pick-up basketball in January, but is still hopeful to make it back for the season opener against Alabama on August 31st.
Exum is also on the Bronko Nagurski preseason watch list, as is teammate Jack Tyler.
There are eighty-one players on the Nagurski Award preseason watch list this year, which is given out each season to the top defensive player in the nation.
The senior linebacker Tyler led the Hokies with 119 tackles last year, in addition to a team-high thirteen tackles for a loss.
Tyler was named second-team All ACC by the media last year, and given first-team honors by the coaches.
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