We are today on August 14, 2019, which means that we are officially only at the 17-day Virginia Tech Hokies that will open the college football season at Boston College. Yesterday we had featured number 18, Brandon Flowers, one of the best advocates in the history of Virginia Tech.
For number 17, we're going to do things a little differently, a bit like we did for number 25. Earlier this morning, we introduced profile number 17, Shayne Graham. We will now go back to former cornerback, Kyle Fuller.
Fuller arrived in Blacksburg in 2010 from Mount Saint Joseph High in Baltimore. He was following in the footsteps of his older brother, Vincent, Hokie defender from 2000-2004. His other older brother, Corey, was transferred from Kansas to Virginia Tech in 2010 to play with Kyle. Corey was a wide receiver. And, of course, there is Kendall. Kendall arrived in 2013 as a five-star cornerback and played three years for the Hokies.
In the first year of 2010, Fuller played in the 14 games of the Hokies. He made six starts, an incredible feat for a real freshman in Bud Foster's defense. He made 32 tackles, including four for defeat.
In 2011, Fuller would begin the 14 games for Virginia Tech. He finished fourth in the team with 65 tackles and led the team with 14.5 tackles for the loss. Whereas Fuller was primarily a half of a corner, it's a ridiculous number. Of course, Fuller played a lot of linebacker whip, but he was still a half corner. Fuller also had 4.5 sacks, had two passes and forced a fumble. It was the record season for the second year defender.
Fuller continued his brilliant career as a junior in 2012. He played in all 13 games, starting each game. He was fifth with 52 tackles, including three for defeat. Fuller also intercepted two passes. He was allowed to play more cornerback this season after spending a lot of time with the whip the previous season.
Instead of going into the NFL, Fuller chose to spend his high season in Blacksburg. His younger brother Kendall joined him in another high school charged with Virginia Tech. Fuller played nine games, eight starts as a senior. Unfortunately, Fuller, a blacksmith, finally suffered an injury that cost him a few games during his senior season. He would still have finished with 24 tackles, two interceptions and blocked a kick.
During his career, Fuller has been honored three times as "All-ACC" performer. He was also named as the second All-American team in 2013.
Fuller would have a strong performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, which led him to become a first-round pick – 14th overall – of the Chicago Bears in the NFL draft in 2014. Fuller is still a half corner star for the Bears as he enters his sixth season in 2019. He was named to the rookie team in 2014, led the NFL in interceptions in 2018, made his first Pro Bowl in 2018 , while being named a member of the first All-Pro team. That means Fuller is one of the best half-turn in the NFL.
Fuller had an outstanding career at Virginia Tech. Even if all his brothers were good, he probably had the best college career. He has been a starter for four seasons. His intelligence, physique and athleticism made him an ideal chess piece for Bud Foster to use in defense. Cornerbacks are not as physical as Fuller or his younger brother, Kendall. This offered Kyle many opportunities at the university because he could play linebacker, cornerback or safety, which in retrospect is quite remarkable.
The four fuller brothers are excellent ambassadors for Virginia Tech. Not only were each of them outstanding as a player, but as a human being. The only negative aspect of the Fuller family is that we have no more brothers in the reserve.
Do not be surprised when Kyle is inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame. It's an honor he deserves, but he still has many years left to dominate the NFL. Kyle Fuller, much like Brandon Flowers, is another perfect example of Hokies taking a three-star perspective and developing them into stars.