Antone Exum Jr. is a hybrid defensive back that can play both cornerback and safety. He is the type of player that can be a defensive coordinators dream. Exum earned All-ACC honors in both 2011 and 2012. He earned it as a free safety in 2011when he led Virginia Tech with 89 tackles and also chipping in 10 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and an interception. In 2012 he switched to cornerback and really played well. He had 48 tackles, but had 16 passes defensed to go with five interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. 2013 was lost to injuries after a torn ACL in the off-season and a sprained ankle after he came back. I want to thank Antone Exum for taking the time to do this interview with me.
Blake Meek: So you are from Glen Allen, Virginia. Who was your favorite team growing up?
Antone Exum Jr.: No favorite team, was more of a player follower. Enjoyed watching great players.
BM: What players did you enjoy watching?
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AE: Michael Vick was my favorite player. I played quarterback in high school.
BM: Awesome. Is there a player you model your game after?
AE: No, I try to take bits and pieces of what the best corners in the game bring to the table and learn from it.
BM: That is the best way to do it. So is there a coach who was really helped you become the player you are?
AE: My defensive back coach in college was extremely influential to the player I am today, I think he is the best in the country.
BM: Great coaches are such a help. What is your greatest strength?
AE: The ability to make the game changing play. My dad told me as a child. Big time players make big time plays in big time games/moments. And that always stuck.
BM: He was right. Big time players make big time plays in big moments. What would you say is your biggest weakness?
AE: Sometimes I can be too physical as a weakness.
BM: Physicality can be a great thing, but too aggressive gets penalties. What is your biggest on field accomplishment?
AE: Biggest on field: Beating my god brother’s recreation team in the semi-finals. We were both quarterbacks, and his team hadn’t lost in like ten years.
BM: That’s pretty sweet. What about off the field?
AE: Biggest off field: Graduating in 3 years in finance like I told my mother I would
BM: That is great. A degree is a big deal. What does football mean to you?
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AE: Football means everything. A blessing. A privilege.
BM: Love hearing that from a player. I’ll let you out of here with one last question. What do you want to do once your playing days are over?
AE: Own a team.
BM: I appreciate you taking the time to do this interview with me man.
AE: Thank you again.
I want to thank Antone Exum again for taking the time to do the interview.