Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum will not make his return to the football field this Saturday against North Carolina, the school announced in a statement from Exum on Friday.
"This is something that I thought about and discussed thoroughly with my support team, and we came to the conclusion that it's not in my best interest right now to return. There are some fine tuning areas of my game that allow me to excel at a high level on the field that need to be worked on. It's a decision we made for my present situation and for my future, and most importantly for the best interest of this team. There are no setbacks, there is no pain or any of that. This is just to put my best foot forward. To assure that when I step back on the field I can play at an extremely high level. I'm not putting dates on anything right now I'm just focusing on progressing each day and winning the small battles necessary for the victory of the war. I have the support of my parents and coaches and we are all in agreement with the plan to get me back on the field performing at a high level of play."
Exum tore his ACL, lateral and medial meniscus and suffered a bone fracture in his right knee playing basketball in a pickup game last January. He was reportedly cleared to return by Dr. James Andrews earlier this week, but Exum has since decided to push that return back. Exum started all 13 games at cornerback for Virginia Tech in 2012, tallying 48 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a team-leading five interceptions. He also had 16 pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery while earning Second Team All-ACC honors.