|Can new offensive coordiantor Scot Loeffler turn QB Logan Thomas around? (US Presswire)|
Virginia Tech has hired Scot Loeffler to be its offensive coordinator, a source told CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman on Monday. He'll take over for Bryan Stinespring, who has run the Tech offense since 2002.
Loeffler was the offensive coordinator at Auburn in 2012 and at Temple in 2011. He coached the quarterbacks at Florida in 2009 and 2010.
His offense last season at Auburn was dead last in the SEC and 118th nationally in total offense.
Loeffler's primary challenge at Virginia Tech will be to turn around the Hokies' wildly inconsistent but physically-promising quarterback, Logan Thomas, who regressed significantly as a 2012 junior after a solid sophomore season. Of course, this assumes that Thomas returns for his senior year. As of this writing, he was considering an early jump to the NFL. There's no telling how the Loeffler hire will influence his decision.
If Thomas looks back to Loeffler's early days as a quarterbacks coach, he might be persuaded to stay. After all, Loeffler tutored Tom Brady and Chad Henne while he was at Michigan.
But his results have been disappointing of late.
Loeffler was hired by Urban Meyer at Florida in 2009 to introduce more "pro-style" elements to the Gator attack. But his two seasons as quarterbacks coach in Gainesville coincided with a significant drop in Florida's scoring and total offense numbers, especially in 2010. While he did help Temple improve offensively in 2011, his one season at Auburn tutoring the young but gifted Kiehl Frazier was an unimitigated disaster.
Virginia Tech isn't known for its offensive prowess. A hire like this might explain why.