Now that the 2012 season has ended, we can start looking ahead to 2013 and that is good news for the Virginia Tech Hokies.
The Hokies, coming off their worst season in 20 years, received more good news on Tuesday when quarterback Logan Thomas announced his plans to return to school for his senior season. Thomas joins defensive standouts James Gayle and Antone Exum in choosing one more year in Blacksburg over the NFL.
Head coach Frank Beamer's decision to go with a new offensive coordinator more than likely helped convince Thomas to return. While it is not yet official, reports are the Hokies will hire former Michigan, Florida and Auburn assistant Scot Loeffler as the team's new offensive coordinator (CBSSports via the Daily Press).
Thomas' return and a new offensive coordinator will be a big boost for a unit that struggled mightily in 2012. However, don't expect miracles as the Hokies will be replacing as many as seven starters.
The defense will be in good hands as 10 of the 11 starters return.
Here are four players that will have a big 2013 for the Hokies.