Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE
Logan Thomas produced when it mattered, but it took until the fourth quarter.
Logan Thomas struggled with his throws against Georgia Tech and never really got into a rhythm. Most of his passes were overthrown, either too high or too fast, and sometimes he kept hold of the ball when he had no real business doing so.
Although Thomas completed 21-of-38 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns, he will expect better of himself against Austin Peay. His fourth quarter play against the Yellow Jackets was encouraging, with the quick 51-yard drive to tie the game an example of what he can do under pressure.
It may be that the new offensive systems in place for this year had Thomas a little bit overwhelmed, as he looked to be struggling with his pre-snap reads in a constantly moving field.
As a result, his footwork was off and he failed to connect with his receivers. A lot of them are new targets, however, so they’ll get more in sync with Thomas as the season goes on.
In fairness to the Georgia Tech defense, they performed extremely well for most of the game, keeping the pressure on Thomas and reducing the Hokies to short possessions and then the inevitable punt (once from the Georgia Tech 35-yard line, which was mystifying).
Thomas knows what’s expected of him, and he knows he didn’t deliver against the Yellow Jackets:
We could’ve done a lot better. I was the one holding us back. I played like garbage. I just wasn’t putting the ball where it needed to be…but in the end, I started picking it up. (Via The Virginian-Pilot).
The game against the Governors will be less testing for Thomas, so he should be given the time to set his feet and concentrate on his mechanics. He will have looked at the Georgia Tech film and worked on his flaws from that game.
Look for a much-improved performance against Austin Peay.