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2011 vs. 2012 Logan Thomas
One thing that could decide this season is whether or not the Hokies get the 2011 version of Logan Thomas or the 2012 one.
In 2011, he was one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country, racking up over 3,000 yards passing and 11 touchdowns on the ground.
But in 2012, his completion percentage dipped from 59 percent to 51 percent, he threw a whopping 16 interceptions, and he was limited to just 27 total touchdowns, three less than a year ago.
If the Hokies want to win in 2013, he'll have to put up numbers reminiscent of 2011 and not 2012.
With new wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead in town, this unit is being injected with new life.
However, the top three receivers from last year are all gone. The Hokies will have to rely on Demitri Knowles and D.J. Coles. Coles missed all of last season with a knee injury, but he'll be back this year.
Thomas is in desperate need of some help on offense. If the receivers can come together this season, though, then the Hokies could have a deadly offensive attack.
Rover Kyshoen Jarrett
Everybody knows about Jack Tyler. But Jarrett was second on the team in tackles last season with 83. He played over 900 snaps last year, including 55 on special teams, according to the Hokies' website. Jarrett will have to continue to complement Tyler if this defense wants to succeed.
But if he were to sustain an injury or have a drop-off in production, this defense could come apart at the seams.
No Road Games in October
The Hokies have three games on their schedule in the month of October, and they're all at home. On Oct. 5, Oct. 12 and Oct. 26 the Hokies face North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Duke. Those are all games that Virginia Tech should win. It's hard for any team to win in Lane Stadium, so the Hokies having a month on their schedule where they don't have to leave Blacksburg is huge.
It will be crucial for them to grab three wins to get some momentum after a tough start to the year that includes a neutral site game against Alabama and a road game against Georgia Tech.