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Newnan, GA | 6014 | 197 | 4.50 | 2018
A size/speed combo cover corner who shows solid man-to-man coverage skills and the athleticism to cover tall or fast receivers. He possesses extremely long arms, which has contributed to his 34 career passes defended headed into his senior campaign and he doesn’t give up may completions. A team leader who brings experience and has helped steady the Hokies through their recent coaching change, which has resulted in quick succes. Will tend to get caught out of position in zone coverage at times, something the team plans to play more of his senior year. He made a splash with five interceptions as a freshman but has reached a streak of 32 consecutive games without one. His knees and legs have been an issue since he started dealing with a stress fracture late in 2013. It eventually led to a medical hardship waiver in 2014, a season that ended with him breaking his leg in December. He missed the previous three springs due to lower-body injuries and focused on preventative/isolation exercises to lessen the chances of re-injury during the 2017 offseason. NFL scouts will want to know, where does football rank in terms of his priorities and how much does he love the game—he already has his degree in biology and came to Blacksburg with the ambition of becoming a cardiologist.
2016: National Player of the Week at Cornerback (Pro Football Focus 11/30) … Played in all 14 games, making 14 starts … Recorded 48 tackles including 4.0 for loss … Defended 11 passes and forced two fumbles.
2015: Started 10 of 12 games played … Logged 690 plays, including 680 as cornerback and 10 on special teams … Totaled 27 tackles with 1.0 tackle for loss … Broke up 10 passes, defending 10.
2014: Played in and started three games … Was in on 103 plays on defense and seven special teams plays.
2013: A third-team All-ACC selection by ACSMA … A first-team freshman All-American by 247Sports … A second-team freshman All-American by College Football News … Played in 12 games, starting nine … Was in on 706 plays, 612 at corner and 96 on special teams … Had 27 tackles, five interceptions and eight pass break ups in his first season.
2012: Did not sign an NLI as he graduated from high school early and enrolled at Virginia Tech in January, 2013 … Went through off-season workouts with the team … Was named the top defensive newcomer during spring practice.
Personal: Brandon Lamar Facyson … Born September 8, 1994 in Jacksonville, Fla. … Son of Karen Riggins-Taylor and Frederick Facyson … Father, Frederick, is a retired Navy pilot … His mother and stepfather were principals in Dubai … Cousin is former North Carolina quarterback Oscar Davenport … Majoring in sociology.