Junior quarterback Logan Thomas will be returning to Virginia Tech for his senior season. He made the announcement live on ESPNU on Tuesday.
CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman passed along the news:
As expected Logan Thomas announces he's staying at VT for his SR year.— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) January 15, 2013
The decision is not surprising. Thomas did not have the kind of season or make the kinds of strides last year that would maximize his value in the NFL draft.
Last season, Thomas threw 18 touchdowns against 16 interceptions. He rushed for another 524 yards, but did so at just 3.0 yards per carry.
Other than the rushing yards, all of those numbers are worse than in his sophomore season, when he was a second-team All-ACC player.
Despite his drop in production, Thomas still would have generated interest in the draft due to his raw skills. He is 6'6", 260 pounds, moves well and has a big arm. He has physical attributes that are comparable to Cam Newton.
However, he still has to add a lot of polish to his game before he will be viewed as anything other than a serious project in the NFL. This undoubtedly played a huge factor in his decision.
In addition, Thomas now has the chance to end his college career on a higher note. At 7-6, the Hokies finished with their worst record in 20 years.
He also has a chance to further etch himself in the school's record books. He is currently third in passing yards and total offense at Virginia Tech.
Now, Thomas has a chance to atone for his and the team's subpar season, and college football is better off because of it.
Few players have the ability to take over a game the way Thomas can. It will be fun to see if he can harness his talent and start to look like a polished product.