There are a number of questions for the Virginia Tech Hokies following their 35-10 blowout loss at the hands of Alabama. But the one glaring unknown is if their quarterback, Logan Thomas, can regain any confidence after his abysmal showing?
The numbers were bad for Thomas against Alabama.
OK, bad may be a little nice when describing his open to the 2013 season. Maybe the correct term would be: awful, dreadful, terrible, horrifying or maybe disgusting.
Any one of those would fit after Thomas finished with a stat line of five completions on 26 attempts for 59 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception. Alabama’s defense put constant pressure on him which resulted in rushed throws. His lone interception resulted in a Crimson Tide touchdown.
However, can a player really be judged after just one game?
I mean, this defense Thomas faced is the reigning two-time, back-to-back BCS national champion.
Plus, last season, Alabama decimated Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson in the season opener. Robinson, like Thomas, finished the game with a poor stat line of 11 of 26, 200 yards and two interceptions. However, Robinson found a way to crack the end zone.
Robinson would go on to have an injury-plagued season. But after that Alabama clunker, and before his injury, he was able to put together some good numbers.
Another thing that didn’t help the fifth-year senior was his receivers dropped seven passes.
Had they caught four or five of those passes, it would have given the Hokies a better chance at moving the ball on the Tide’s defense.
It also didn’t help that Virginia Tech’s special teams surrendered three touchdowns. Those 21 points enabled Alabama to drop defenders back into coverage, thus abandoning their run defense.
Thomas has never been the most accurate passer, so the completion percentages should not jump after this week to anything higher than his career high of 59 percent. However, he is a passer with a quarterback rating around 120. His rating of 1.9 shouldn’t be something that Virginia Tech fans continue to see going forward.
So will Thomas snap out of whatever funk he was in against Alabama?
I believe so.
One game doesn’t define someone.
Thomas will have chances to bounce back later on this season in games against: Western Carolina, East Carolina, Marshall, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Duke, Maryland and Virginia.
Those teams shouldn't pose a threat, like Alabama’s secondary did, which should enable him to get his stats back to a place at or near his career norm and give Virginia Tech a chance at winning the ACC Coastal Division.