“Guys are angry that we’re not performing as well as we should,” he said. “We’re losing games. Kind of down and disappointed. But I think it’s my job — as well as a couple others — to be a leader, to stay upbeat, to stay confident and let the guys know that this isn’t the end.”
One key Exum points out for the Hokies moving forward is to focus on one game at a time and to enjoy it.
"We're still having fun out there,“ Exum said.
The team may have struggled up to this point and while it appears to be just an average unit lacking any shot to make another ACC championship run, Exum notes those goals haven’t been lost.
“We’ve only taken one ACC loss to a good North Carolina team, so everything besides the national championship is still in reach for us,” he said. “Those were our goals coming into the season and they’re still our goals now. We’re not going to fold or lay down or anything like that.”
Now, the team hopes to rely on veteran leaders like Exum to lead it back to the type of defense fans are used to seeing in Blacksburg. After all, this is a unit Exum once said had the potential to be the best in Tech history.
If the team has any hopes of not only getting back to an ACC championship, or even bow eligible, they will need its confident leader in Exum to play big the rest of the way.
For Exum, he thinks it comes down to the team putting together a complete performance in all three aspects of the game.
"I think we just need to be able to put a complete game together, 60 minutes,” he said.
Moving forward, the redshirt junior assures Tech fans the team will be fine and that it can get back to the type of team Frank Beamer and company are used to putting on the field.
“We’re going to keep continuing to fight, continuing to get better,” said Exum. “We’ll get this thing together.”