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Quarterback Logan Thomas
Thomas was rolling through the first half of the conference schedule. He led the Hokies to six straight victories, including three in the ACC. Things changed two weeks ago vs. Duke. Thomas threw four interceptions, including two deep in Duke territory. That trend continued last week. Much of the blame will go on Thomas, and rightfully so, his pick-six against BC was a terrible decision. However, it is time for those around him to step up and help ease the burden.
Wide Receiver Joshua Stanford
Speaking of someone stepping up, Stanford answered the bell last week against Boston College. Stanford caught six balls for 171 yards. Was this Stanford's breakout game or an anomaly? Thomas had a lot of confidence in the redshirt freshman in the spring. When the season started, though, the Hokies went with D.J. Coles, Demitri Knowles and Willie Byrn ahead of Stanford. By virtue of his game last week, Stanford is now third on the team in catches and first in yards. If he can develop into a consistent threat on a weekly basis, the Hokies' offense would be much better.
Defensive End James Gayle
Gayle is having a solid senior season leading the Hokies' veteran defensive line. His stats may not show that consistency, though. He has only three sacks, but Gayle has 6.5 tackles for loss and a whopping 24 quarterback hits. Gayle needs to get in the backfield often this Saturday and help force Stephen Morris into bad decisions. If he can do that, turnovers will follow.
You can find Virginia Tech's complete depth chart here.