Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas entered the 2012 season pegged by many to be the breakout star of the 2012 season and potentially jump to the NFL a year early as a likely first-round draft pick.
Then came a rollercoaster season in which the redshirt junior threw 14 interceptions and completed just 52.6 percent of his passes. Even with a relatively weak class of quarterbacks available in next April's draft, Thomas is expected to return to the Hokies for his senior season.
While he hasn't made an official announcement, Logan intends to work out with noted quarterback guru George Whitfield for the second consecutive year. The two worked together in San Diego last offseason and kept in regular touch during Thomas' rocky 2012 season.
Thomas is a gifted athlete at 6-6, 260 pounds with a rocket arm, but he's also only five years removed from playing tight end.
"I think he just went through a learning experience quarterbacks have," Whitfield told The Washington Post this week. "I know 12-year-old quarterbacks that have started four or five years. It's a maturation process and you're learning at the highest level. It's hard to discount even if physically, he's like a marvel. In terms of just seeing circumstances and situations and all that, you need the at-bats."
Thomas is currently rated as the No. 4 quarterback prospect for the 2014 draft, according to early ratings by NFLDraftScout.com. He's rated behind Georgia's Aaron Murray, Tennessee's Tyler Bray and LSU's Zach Mettenberger. Logan's stock will be helped if Murray and Brady opt to make the jump to the NFL this year.
However, Thomas must show the development that didn't happen this season because there is another crop of interesting quarterback prospects who will be juniors next year, highlighted by Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater.
Whitfield called Thomas "a work in progress," and pointed out his footwork and throwing motion under pressure as areas that need improved consistency.
"I think that's really the hidden beauty of this year. Now .?.?. he can go back and see all these things and he's got two full years at Virginia Tech on film as a starter," Whitfield told the Post. "The sky's the limit. I know how the NFL feels about him and his potential, but for him, it's really gonna be how much can he cull from this year, and not just the film or what the past experiences have shown, or how he felt about it.