Virginia Tech freshman Brandon Facyson didn’t waste any time making plays on Thursday night in his team’s 17-10 win over Georgia Tech. The cornerback made a tackle on the game’s opening kickoff and had a recovered fumble and a spectacular interception on each of Georgia Tech’s first two possessions. His impact in a dominating defensive performance was enough to earn him the honor of 247Sports National True Freshman of the Week.
Brandon Facyson already has four interceptions on the season.
Facyson’s fast start on Thursday night shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that’s been paying attention. The Newnan (Ga.) Northgate High School product has been a starter and a game-changer since week one. His interception against Georgia Tech’s Vad Lee on the sideline was his fourth interception of the season, tied for the most in the country.
More importantly, that interception halted a red zone drive for the Yellow Jackets and red zone drives were hard to come by on Thursday night. Facyson was part of a defense that held Georgia Tech to 10 points and 273 yards of offense. Not bad considering the Yellow Jackets were coming into the game averaging 431.8 yards per game and 36.5 points.
His fumble recover on the game’s opening drive included an impressive show of athleticism, pouncing on the football in the backfield before Lee could recover his own fumble. That play set the tone for his team’s efforts.
The final stat line for Facyson was three tackles, one interception, one caused fumble, one recovered fumble, two pass breakups and one quarterback hurry. In only four games, Facyson has already tied the school record at Virginia Tech for interceptions by a freshman.
Coming out of high school, 247Sports ranked Facyson as the No. 36 cornerback in the country and a “value three-star” with an 89 rating, the highest possible rating for a three-star recruit. The 6-2, 180 pounder committed to the Hokies in July of 2012 prior to his senior season. He chose Virginia Tech over 22 other offers including Georgia Tech, the other leading contender for his signature.
Facyson was part of a recruiting class at Virginia Tech in 2013 that ranked No. 21 in the country and No. 4 in the ACC. Fellow defensive back signee Kendall Fuller was the most highly-touted of the 2013 group as a five-star prospect and the No. 3 cornerback in the country.
With Facyson starting at cornerback and Fuller manning the nickel, both have made a serious early impact. In fact, Fuller also corralled an interception on Thursday evening. That success has been even more important with All-ACC Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum watching from the sideline with an injury.
Leonard Floyd – In a huge SEC win over LSU, Floyd was one of Georgia’s top defenders, finishing with eight tackles at linebacker, two tackles for loss and a crucial sack late in the 44-41 victory.
Eddie Jackson – In his first start, Jackson helped No. 1 Alabama hold the potent Ole Miss offense scoreless, contributing four tackles, one tackle for loss, an interception and two pass breakups.
Alex Collins – Already with one freshman of the week title under his belt, Collins is a candidate every week and had his fourth 100-yard rushing performance in five games during Arkansas’ loss to Texas A&M. He finished with 116 yards and a touchdown.
Stacy Coley – The No. 4 wide receiver in the class of 2013, Coley had 96 yards receiving and two touchdowns in Miami’s blowout win over South Florida.
Hunter Henry – The Arkansas tight end caught four passes for 109 yards while trying to keep up with the explosive Texas A&M offense in a loss.