Andy Bitter

Andy Bitter is the Virginia Tech football beat writer for the Roanoke Times. Andy began covering the Hokies in October 2011 after spending three years covering Auburn for the Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer. His eventful time on the Auburn beat included a coaching change, a Heisman Trophy winner, the school’s first national championship in 53 years and the poisoning of the school’s iconic oak trees.

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Four Hokies, including Facyson, undergo post-spring surgeries

Four Virginia Tech football players have had surgery since the end of spring ball, including cornerback Brandon Facyson, head athletic trainer Mike Goforth said Saturday.

Facyson, who sat out the spring with a stress reaction in his leg, had a bone graft procedure to aid the healing process. Goforth said it doesn't change his timetable for return and that Facyson should be a full go by the second summer session or earlier.

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Facyson was ruled out for the entire spring late in March with a left tibia stress reaction. He wore a boot for what Virginia Tech termed "precautionary reasons" and was expected to return for summer workouts.

As a true freshman, Facyson finished as a third-team All-ACC pick and freshman All-American after making 27 tackles, five interceptions and eight pass breakups. He is expected to start this season.

Donovan Riley and Der'Woun Greene took first-team reps in his place at the opposite corner spot of Kendall Fuller.

Three other Hokies -- linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka, tight end Kalvin Cline and center Kyle Chung -- have had surgeries as well.

Motuapuaka, a redshirt freshman, hurt his shoulder late in spring drills and has surgery to repair a fractured scapula.

Kline had surgery to clean out his knee. The sophomore was in a blue, limited jersey all spring after spraining his knee in the Sun Bowl.

Chung, who missed most of spring, had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. 

Goforth expects Motuapuaka and Cline to be ready in time for fall camp. Chung's recovery will take longer.

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