There is one question that has been on the mind of every Hokie fan since David Wilson declared he was leaving early for the NFL: can Logan Thomas handle being Virginia Tech’s entire offense?
Logan Thomas is coming off one of the greatest seasons a Hokie quarterback has ever had, but unlike last year, he has expectations to live up to.
Thomas is now the player running the show for the Hokies. If he has a bad game, there isn’t anyone on offense who can save him. Wilson is long gone and a group of young and inexperienced running backs is in Blacksburg to replace the All-American. If that's not enough of a burden on Thomas, he is also losing his top two receivers and four out of five from last year’s starting offensive line.
It isn’t fair to place this burden entirely on Thomas' shoulders, but it has become a necessity. It would be far more reasonable to expect him to do it all if he had last year’s starting offensive line, but that is far from the case. The line has to keep Thomas upright this year, or this could be a long season for the Hokies.
The Hokies have certain goals and expectations to ascertain every year. Three of the most important items on that list are to win 10 games, win the ACC Coastal Division and win the ACC Championship. Unfortunately, it will be difficult for Virginia Tech to do any of those things if Thomas has to do everything.
Thomas is a great young quarterback with unlimited potential. The only problem is that he is still growing as a passer and decision maker. He needs to be able to go through his progressions and make the right decision; he can’t do that if he is on his back.
Virginia Tech has relied on the running game for as long as I can remember. Some great quarterbacks have lined up under center in Lane Stadium, but even then the game plan was to run the ball. Thomas is one of the few quarterbacks that is as dangerous in the running game as he is passing, but he needs help from the tailbacks.
There are only so many hits a body can take and Thomas shouldn’t try to test those boundaries. If he were to get injured, the Hokies would be lucky to finish the season with a .500 record.
Logan Thomas is a potential superstar, but without help from the young running backs and offensive linemen, this season could very well be considered a failure by year’s end.