Spring practices are underway around the country, and in Blacksburg, Va. expectations are as high as ever. The Hokies are heading into the 2012 season having lost stars like David Wilson, Jarrett Boykin, Danny Coale and Jayron Hosley. The loss of these stars hurts Virginia Tech but a remaining star may be in the process of becoming a superstar and a Heisman contender.
Logan Thomas has become the toast of Blacksburg since becoming the Hokies starting signal caller last season. His massive 6’6” frame, his quick feet and his strong arm are all reasons that he dominated the ACC last season. The question on fans' minds now is can he continue his success and possibly even get better?
Thomas is coming off one of the greatest statistical seasons that a Virginia Tech quarterback has ever had. He threw for over 3,000 yards and 19 touchdowns, and he ran for another 11 scores. Not too shabby for a quarterback who came out of high school with the intention of being a tight end.
He had a great season but there is no such thing as perfection. He wasn’t always accurate with his passes (he completed 59.8 percent of his passes), but he showed flashes of how great he could be. In the Hokies win over Miami, Thomas completed 23-of-25 passes. That is about as close to perfect as a passer can be, but the Hokies need to him to continue to develop his accuracy.
The other area that Thomas needs work in is turnovers. He threw 10 interceptions in 2011. A lot of his turnovers can simply be attributed to an inexperienced quarterback trying to make plays, but he needs to learn that an incompletion is a lot better than trying to make the amazing play and throwing it to the other team.
The Hokies will be the favorites to repeat as champions in the Coastal Division, but Thomas must continue to progress if Virginia Tech is to pull it off. Last year the Hokies had a seasoned offense with an inexperienced quarterback, this season it will be the opposite. There won’t be much experience around Thomas in 2012.
Thomas is now the focal point of Mike O’Cain and Brian Stinespring’s offense. David Wilson is no longer in the backfield to help him out, so it is imperative that Thomas continues to grow into one of the best quarterbacks in Virginia Tech history. If he does then there is no telling how far the Hokies can go. If not then Virginia Tech will have to settle for a non-BCS bowl.