Thomas is the Reese's Senior Bowl College Senior of the Week. "(I'm) just thrilled the way we played offensively," said Thomas, who also ran for 42 yards on 10 carries. "I think every win is a big win, but this is especially satisfying."
The win put the Hokies (7-3, 4-2) in a solid position to win the ACC Coastal Division. If VaTech can finish with wins over Maryland and Virginia -- a combined 1-10 in the ACC -- and Miami knocks off Duke, the Hokies would represent the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship Game. - SeniorBowl.com
11/11/2013 - I realize the Miami D is not very good, but give credit to Logan Thomas and the Hokies for an inspired effort in a rainy road win after consecutive losses against unranked opponents. Thomas had his best game of the season and maybe his career, completing 81 percent of his passes (25 of 31) for 366 yards and no picks. He also ran for 42 yards in 42-24 win. Tech was a sterling 8 of 14 on third-down conversions and rolled up a season-high 549 yards. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
11/11/2013 - WEEK 11 ACC OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech, Sr.-R, QB, 6-6, 260, Lynchburg, Va.,...Thomas led the way as the Hokies went on the road and upset No. 14 Miami to get back into the thick of the Coastal Division chase. The redshirt senior connected on 25 of 31 passes (80.6 percent) with two touchdowns and no interceptions for 366 yards while running for 42 yards to give him 408 yards of total offense. Thomas' first touchdown throw set a school record for career scoring passes, and he became the first quarterback under veteran head coach Frank Beamer to have 300 or more yards passing in back-to-back games. - ACC football
11/04/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: WEEK 10 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HURT THEMSELVES: QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech...Not his first time on this list, Thomas had another rough outing this past weekend, including four 2nd half turnovers that allowed Boston College to stay in the game and eventually pull off the victory. The Hokies quarterback made several mind-boggling decisions and was careless with several throws, including a 4th quarter interception by Kevin Pierre-Louis that gave the Eagles the lead for good. Thomas was obviously rattled by Boston College's pressure most of the game and he needs to show a better internal clock to better get the ball out of his hands before the pocket collapses.
He simply hasn't made the progressions necessary to develop from a physically gifted marvel to a complete quarterback the past few seasons. But nonetheless, his natural tools (size, athleticism, arm strength) combined with his attitude and overall make-up will get him drafted higher than his film would suggest, likely in the top-100 picks by a team looking to cultivate that talent. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/26/2013 - Duke football took another major step Saturday. The Blue Devils upset No. 16 Virginia Tech 13-10 at Lane Stadium for their first road win over a ranked team since 1971. Duke, which has never played in bowls in consecutive seasons, became bowl eligible for the second straight year. In a mistake-filled game, the Blue Devils (6-2, 2-2 ACC) overcame four interceptions by quarterback Anthony Boone. It helped that Duke's defense intercepted Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas four times. Duke won for the first time in eight games at Virginia Tech's home stadium and broke the Hokies' 20-game home win streak against non-ranked opponents.
Virginia Tech (6-2, 3-1) out-gained Duke 387-198 and had an almost 20-minute advantage in time of possession, but its offense made mistake after mistake in another poor overall performance. Hokies kicker Cody Journell missed two field goals -- one from 45 yards that clanged off the left upright and a 40-yarder that sailed wide left. Journell's second miss came on Virginia Tech's penultimate possession. The Hokies' final drive ended when Thomas' pass intended for Trey Edmunds was tipped in the air and intercepted by linebacker Kelby Brown. - The Sports Xchange
10/15/2013 - He probably has taken more criticism than any QB in the country, but Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas has settled in the past month and now has gone 14 quarters without an INT and the Hokies have won six in a row. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
10/05/2013 - Logan Thomas matched his career high with three touchdown passes and Virginia Tech's defense made big plays when it needed to in a 27-17 victory against North Carolina on Saturday. Thomas' scoring throws all came in the first half as the Hokies (5-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) still struggled to get their running game going, but won their fifth straight. The loss was the third straight for the Tar Heels (1-4, 0-2), who pulled a surprise by starting dual threat Marquise Williams at quarterback in place of Bryn Renner, who injured his left foot last week.
Williams played well, and was driving the Tar Heels with a chance to pull them within one possession in the fourth quarter, but on fourth-and-1 from the Virginia Tech 33, he threw deep for tight end Jack Tabb and Kyle Fuller intercepted. The Tar Heels later also fumbled a punt, leading to the Hokies' final touchdown and rendering Williams' 24-yard scoring pass to Quinshad Davis with 1:09 remaining inconsequential. Williams, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound sophomore, finished 23 of 35 for 277 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also led the Tar Heels in rushing with 56 yards on 18 attempts. - AP Sports
10/05/2013 - Quarterback Logan Thomas' record-breaking performance keyed a strong offensive showing for Virginia Tech in its 27-17 win over North Carolina on Saturday at Lane Stadium. Thomas completed 19 of 28 passes for 293 yards and three touchdowns and became the Hokies' all-time leading passer in the first quarter. He moved ahead of Tyrod Taylor in Virginia Tech's record book and now has 7,308 career passing yards.
The Hokies (5-1, 2-0 ACC), who improved to 9-1 in ACC home openers, have won five straight games since their season-opening loss to No. 1 Alabama. The Tar Heels (1-4, 0-2) played without senior starting quarterback Bryn Renner, who saw his 29-game start streak end because of a foot injury. - The Sports Xchange
09/26/2013 - Scouting the Virginia Tech passing game: The inconsistent play from Thomas and his receivers continued Saturday against Marshall. Thomas was intercepted twice while completing only 18 of 34 pass attempts, and though the dropped passes have decreased dramatically since the season opener, those gaffes haven't been sufficiently eliminated. Thomas said in the preseason that he wanted to have fewer than five interceptions this season, and he has already been picked off six times in four games while completing only 48.5 percent of his passes. Those numbers have to be better. - The Sports Xchange
09/26/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Logan Thomas has thrived against Georgia Tech the last two seasons. In two games against the Yellow Jackets, he has completed 55 percent of his passes for 439 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. He has also rushed 33 times for 110 yards and two scores. A game against the Jackets could be just what the doctor ordered for Thomas, but he is facing a re-tooled Georgia Tech defense that currently ranks 11th in the country in yards allowed per game and 12th in the country in points allowed per game.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't think we're where we thought we would be. We thought we'd be a little bit stronger and doing a little bit better. Obviously I think the offense is not doing as well on paper because we're not putting up points in the red zone, and the red zone is what's killing us. We know it. We have the ability to put up more points and we haven't done it, and that's something we need to keep working on, keep getting better at, because honestly the red zone is the money area. That's where you've got to get it done." - QB Logan Thomas - The Sports Xchange
09/21/2013 - Virginia Tech narrowly avoided an upset Saturday in a thrilling 29-21 triple-overtime win over Marshall at Lane Stadium. The Hokies scored the tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter and then won on a 2-yard touchdown run by Logan Thomas, who tacked on a 2-point conversion run for good measure. The Hokies (3-1), who recorded the 700th win in program history, tied the game with 3:09 left in regulation on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Thomas to junior wide receiver Willie Byrn.
Tech kicker Ethan Keyserling, who was kicking in place of starter Cody Journell, missed kicks of 50 and 32 yards in overtime, but the Hokies were able to get over the goal line in the third extra period. The score was set up by a fourth-down pass-interference call against Marshall's Corey Tindal. The Thundering Herd's three overtime possessions ended with a missed 39-yard field goal by Justin Haig, a turnover and a failed fourth-down throw in the end zone. - The Sports Xchange
09/21/2013 - Logan Thomas ran 2 yards for a touchdown and then ran for the 2-point conversion in the third overtime Saturday, as Virginia Tech overcame a sloppy performance and beat Marshall 29-21. The Hokies (3-1), who tied the game with 3:09 left in regulation, got the ball first in the third overtime, after neither team had scored in the first two. Thomas put some plays together. He ran for 2 yards, hit Chris Mangus for 10, ran for 2, and hit Josh Stanford. After a pass interference call on the Herd, Thomas bolted through the line for the touchdown, and then the PAT.
Marshall (2-2) got to the Hokies' 14, but then Rakeem Cato couldn't find a receiver, and when Davonte Allen couldn't come up with his fourth-down pass in the end zone, the marathon game was finally over. The game was played in driving rain. - AP Sports
09/16/2013 - Virginia Tech has some issues, perhaps mostly on offense, because they seem disjointed too often even though it has posted back-to-back victories. Tallying only 15 points (and two of those came courtesy of a safety from the defense) against an Easter Carolina team that has experienced defensive shortcomings in recent years is no way for Virginia Tech to portray one of the top teams in the conference. - The Sports Xchange
09/11/2013 - Scouting the Virginia Tech passing game: Tech's passing attack showed progress, but there were still some self-inflicted mistakes that could have cost the Hokies against a tougher opponent. Thomas threw two interceptions, and the receivers again dropped multiple passes. Things seemed to get better as the game progressed, so that could be a sign that the Hokies are finally shaking off some early-season rust. - The Sports Xchange
09/11/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Logan Thomas and the Hokies' offense showed improvement in their home win over Western Carolina on Saturday, but there is still plenty of room to grow for the senior quarterback. Thomas completed 17 of 31 passes for 200 yards and his first touchdown of the season, but he also threw interceptions on two potential touchdown passes. Like the season-opening loss to No. 1 Alabama, Thomas' receivers made some mistakes that contributed to his struggles. They will try to get on the same page this week at East Carolina. - The Sports Xchange
09/07/2013 - Trey Edmunds ran for two touchdowns and Detrick Bonner returned one of his two interceptions for a score as Virginia Tech rebounded from a season-opening loss to top-ranked Alabama by beating Western Carolina 45-3 Saturday. The Hokies (1-1) got off to a sluggish start against the FCS Catamounts (0-2), now losers of 12 straight overall and 28 in a row against FBS competition. Bonner's 37-yard return off a deflection by teammate Kendall Fuller gave the Hokies a 7-0 lead in an otherwise lackluster first period.
But Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas, who was only 5 of 26 last week, finally hit his stride in the second quarter, leading touchdown drives of 87 and 69 yards. The first drive ended with the first of Edmunds' 1-yard touchdowns, the second with a 19-yard pass to D.J. Coles in the back of the end zone. Thomas finished 17 of 31 for 200 yards, but it wasn't all smooth for the fifth-year senior. He had two passes intercepted in the end zone, the second one killing a threat just before halftime after Bonner's second pick and 35-yard yard return. - AP Sports
08/27/2013 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: QB Logan Thomas - The coaches say this is unquestionably Thomas' team this year. He's a senior and has experienced the ups and downs of playing at the major college level. The Hokies are hoping for a turnaround from Thomas this season after he completed only 51.3 percent of his passes and threw 16 interceptions in 2012. Under Loeffler, Thomas has been working on his accuracy and decision-making in efforts to avoid last season's pitfalls. To a man, Thomas' teammates say he's taken more control of the offense this offseason and become a leader for everybody on the team. - The Sports Xchange
08/27/2013 - AREAS OF CONCERN: While the Hokies have an established starting quarterback in Logan Thomas, his surrounding cast is mostly unproven. Thomas notwithstanding, the Hokies return only two offensive players who started more than six games last season. The two biggest concerns on offense are at wide receiver and on the line. There are a dearth of experienced options at receiver, and the Hokies may even need to give true freshmen (Carlis Parker, David Prince, Deon Newsome) and a walk-on (Charley Meyer) meaningful snaps this season. There is no shortage of available blockers -- five linemen with starting experience return -- but first-year offensive line coach Jeff Grimes is still looking to put together a starting unit he can trust.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think what happened last year is we understand there's a real thin line between being OK and not being OK, that you've got to play every play, prepare for every team. It's hard to win football games. So yeah, I think all those things became very clear to us last year." -- Coach Frank Beamer on what his team learned from Tech's subpar 2012 season. - The Sports Xchange
08/14/2013 - 2013 JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD WATCHLIST: Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech,...Started all 13 games in 2012, playing 950 snaps on offense ... Completed 220 of 429 passes for 2,976 yards and 18 touchdowns ... Became the first quarterback since Bobby Owens in 1965 to lead the Hokies in rushing, running for 524 yards and nine scores. - Virginia Tech football
08/11/2013 - TOP VIRGINIA TECH PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 4. QB Logan Thomas (6-6, 258, 4.67)...A prospect who was prematurely pegged as a potential No. 1 overall pick by some, Thomas has the frame, athleticism and arm strength that will turn heads and certainly appeal to NFL scouts. But until the mental part of the game catches up to his physical talents, Thomas is more of a long-term project than proven prospect. He is well-put-together with a tall, built frame to see the entire field and stay on his feet while defenders try to pull him down, flashing courageous finishing effort as a ballcarrier.
Thomas can easily make all the necessary throws and the ball appears to shoot off his hand with plus velocity. However, he makes too many head-scratching decisions each game, which is usually the product of him staring down targets and failing to see all 11 defenders. Thomas struggles to disguise his intentions and needs to improve his pocket mobility to avoid the rush while keeping his eyes downfield, faltering under pressure and tucking to run too quickly. After a forgettable junior season, Thomas could gain some draft momentum with a strong senior campaign and possibly convince a team he's worth the gamble in the early rounds. If not, he's one heck of a tight end prospect (half-kidding). - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
08/11/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: QB Logan Thomas had a subpar 2012 season, but he still has tantalizing talent that could lead to a big payday in the NFL next year. With a new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach both positions are held by Scot Loeffler now Thomas should improve upon his accuracy and cut down on the costly mistakes. Thomas flirted with leaving early for the NFL draft, but he decided to stay for his senior season. - The Sports Xchange
07/20/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP WATCH LIST: QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech......Started all 13 games in 2012, playing 950 snaps on offense ... Completed 220 of 429 passes for 2,976 yards and 18 touchdowns ... Became the first quarterback since Bobby Owens in 1965 to lead the Hokies in rushing, running for 524 yards and nine scores ... Broke his own school record for total offense with 3,500 yards...2011 Second-Team All-ACC - Virginia Tech football
07/20/2013 - 2013 DAVEY O'BRIEN WATCH LIST: Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech...Started all 13 games in 2012, playing 950 snaps on offense ... Completed 220 of 429 passes for 2,976 yards and 18 touchdowns ... Became the first quarterback since Bobby Owens in 1965 to lead the Hokies in rushing, running for 524 yards and nine scores ... Broke his own school record for total offense with 3,500 yards. - Virginia Tech football
07/18/2013 - Logan Thomas is brimming with confidence heading into his final college season. The senior quarterback at Virginia Tech hasn't received any of the advance accolades that preceded a dismal junior year, but a new coach and an improved mindset have him expecting a big finish. Virginia Tech went 7-6 last season, its worst season in 20 years. Only a bowl victory against Rutgers prevented a losing record, and a streak of eight seasons with at least 10 victories also ended. Thomas was pedestrian, completing just 51.3 percent of his passes with 18 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. ''For me, 7-6 is completely unacceptable and that's not what I'm used to,'' Thomas said before a recent 7 on 7 workout. ''I've been a winner everywhere in everything I've done, and 7-6 is nothing fun.
''We closed out the season on a good note, which was a good thing. I was happy for it, but we'd like to restore the regular 10-win thing. I could care less if I'm the best quarterback that's ever come out of here or anything like that. I just want to leave the place as good as I (found) it with 10-win seasons, Orange Bowl berths and such like that. It's my job, and it's an honor to do it for the school. ''It's my job to keep the perception of Virginia Tech up.''
To make it happen, Thomas has transformed himself in the offseason, working extensively with new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler on mechanics and mindset, and then putting what he has learned to use as one of the organizers of voluntary offseason 7 on 7 workouts against the Hokies defense. - AP Sports
07/15/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech...Started all 13 games in 2012 ... Completed 220 of 429 passes for 2,976 yards and 18 touchdowns ... Became the first quarterback since Bobby Owens in 1965 to lead the Hokies in rushing, running for 524 yards and nine scores ... Broke his own school record for total offense with 3,500 yards. - Virginia Tech football
05/17/2013 - Despite the return of quarterback Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech's offense simply wasn't very good last season. The Hokies were ninth in the ACC in total offense (376.8 ypg) and eighth in scoring offense (25.1 ppg). A lot of the blame fell on Thomas (18 touchdowns, 16 interceptions), but the reality is the 6-6, 262-pound Thomas tried to do too much. With the early departure of David Wilson, Virginia Tech did not have the big-time running back that has always been a staple of its offense. The offensive line also struggled.
Enter Scot Loeffler, who was hired at Auburn last season to install the pro-style power running offense. It didn't work and Loeffler was out when Gene Chizik's staff was shown the door after a 3-9 season. So there were a few eyebrows raised when coach Frank Beamer hired Loeffler and veteran offensive line coach Jeff Grimes to fix the offense. Grimes made a bunch of changes on the line as he installed more of a zone blocking scheme. Needless to say it will still be a work in progress when the Hokies return to Blacksburg this summer.
There won't be a lot of time for experimentation come August as Virginia Tech opens with Alabama, the two-time defending national champions, in Atlanta on Aug. 31. "Yep, that one has everybody's attention," said Beamer, whose team was 7-6 in 2012 after eight straight seasons of 10 wins or more. - Tony Barnhart, CBSSports.com
01/15/2013 - Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas is returning for his senior season. The 6-foot-6 redshirt junior told the Hokies coaching staff on Tuesday, the final day to declare for the draft. Thomas has started the past 27 games for Virginia Tech, passing for 6,096 yards and 37 touchdowns while running for 1,015 yards and 20 scores. He will enter his redshirt season year third in both career passing yards for the Hokies - 901 behind Tyrod Taylor's record of 7,017 yards - and in career total offense - 2,102 behind Taylor's record of 9,213 yards. Thomas graduated in December with a degree in human development.
"I'm deciding to come back to Tech to better myself and this team for the future," Thomas said in a statement released by the school. "I'm looking forward to what this upcoming season holds. The NFL has always been a goal of mine, but the NFL will always be there while college is only a five-year experience that you can't get back."
Thomas had said before the Hokies left Blacksburg, Va., for the Russell Athletic Bowl that his decision would be "up in the air" even if the NFL draft advisory board suggested he could be a first-round draft choice. Some early draft projections had him ranked highly among quarterbacks because of his size and running ability, which have drawn comparisons to Cam Newton. Thomas said he didn't think he was consistent enough to be a winning NFL quarterback, and that "I love the university, I love the people here, all my friends are still here, and ... I think I need some work to do." - AP Sports
01/15/2013 - Few quarterbacks intrigued NFL scouts in 2012 more than Virginia Tech's resident goliath, Logan Thomas, and few fell further on draft boards over the course of the season. But even fewer have an opportunity to set the record straight: With a disappointing junior campaign behind him, Thomas confirmed Tuesday that he plans to return to Blacksburg this fall to rehabilitate both his stock and his team's sagging record.
"Going 7-6 left a bad taste in my mouth," Thomas told ESPN's College Football Live. "I think I have a lot to work on. I can get better... I want to come back and have a better season next year."
There is no doubting Thomas' physical qualifications: At 6-foot-6, 260 pounds, he's a towering presence in the pocket with an arm to match, while also possessing enough athleticism to lead the Hokies in rushing last year, even after subtracting negative yardage on sacks. In 2011, his first season as a starter, Thomas broke the school record for total offense, picked up a second-team All-ACC nod and led Virginia Tech to a BCS bowl. But scouts who projected him as a potential first-rounder were always more intrigued by his potential than his production on paper.
In 2012, though, the decline was too glaring to ignore. Although Thomas ultimately broke his own record for total offense with 3,503 yards for the season, he also finished dead last among regular ACC starters for completion percentage (51.3) and interception percentage (3.73), serving up more picks than all but six other quarterbacks nationally. In five of 13 games, he failed to complete even half of his passes. His overall efficiency rating plummeted by nearly 20 points. - Matt Hinton, CBSSports.com
01/15/2013 - Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas announced on Tuesday that he will return to Tech for his senior season instead of entering the NFL draft. Virginia Tech will have a new offensive coordinator next season, with reports suggesting Auburn offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler will run the Hokkies offense next season. That led to reports that Thomas might turn pro rather than try to adjust to a new coordinator. But he ended that talk by announcing his return.
"I'm deciding to come back to Tech to better myself and this team for the future," Thomas said in a statement released by the school. "I'm looking forward to what this upcoming season holds. The NFL has always been a goal of mine, but the NFL will always be there while college is only a five-year experience that you can't get back." The Hokies finished 7-6 this past season. - The Sports Xchange
01/11/2013 - While Beamer and the Virginia Tech faithful are thankful Thursday for the return of these two defenders, the most critical piece of next year's puzzle -- quarterback Logan Thomas -- has not yet made his intentions clear. Thomas, like Gayle and Exum, requested a grade from the NFL Advisory Committee. Considering Thomas' imposing 6-6, 260-pound frame, big arm and powerful running style, it's easy to see why talent evaluators could fall in love with his upside, especially considering the relative lack of help he received on offense. While Thomas only threw two more touchdowns (18) than interceptions (16) last season, he also led the team with nine rushing scores and accounted for 3,500 of Virginia Tech's 4,898 all-purpose yards.
Logan is clearly a significant work in progress; he struggled with consistency and accuracy throughout his junior season. But he possesses a skill-set that every NFL coach would love to work with, which is why he ranks sixth on NFLDraftScout.com's list of the 2014 quarterback class, ahead of more polished passers like San Jose State's David Fales, Fresno State's Derek Carr and Washington's Keith Price. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/11/2013 - Thomas, who saw his numbers drop in virtually every statistic this year after a breakout 2011 season in which he completed 59.8 percent of his passes and scored 30 touchdowns, acknowledged that he has a long way to go.
"There's still a lot of work to do. There's no doubt about it," Thomas told reporters when asked of his looming decision. "Consistency is a big thing for me. I wasn't consistent throughout the year, and that's where, when you go to the next level, you've got to be consistent at all times. ... I don't think I could go in and start an NFL game right now and be fine and come out with a win, so I think I need some work to be done. But that comes with practice." Thomas, like all of the other underclassmen considering making the early jump to the NFL, has until Jan. 15 to alert the league of his intentions. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/03/2013 - Will quarterback Logan Thomas stay or go? Earlier in the season, it sounded as if Thomas, a junior, was a lock to return for his senior season with the Hokies. But Thomas, 6-foot-6, who struggled on the field this year, still is being projected by some experts as a first-round draft pick. He was scheduled to meet with Tech coach Frank Beamer this week, after getting back his paperwork for the NFL's Draft Advisory Board. By the end of the season, Thomas sounded more and more like a player who was open to making the jump to the NFL.
Tech cornerbacks Antone Exum and Kyle Fuller and defensive end James Gayle, all juniors, also are considered pro prospects. Exum and Fuller are fully expected to return for their senior years, while Gayle's position could best be described as 50-50. - Mike Barber, The Richmond Times-Dispatch
12/28/2012 - The Hokies are 8-11 in bowl games under head coach Frank Beamer, and they've lost back-to-back bowls to quarterback Andrew Luck and Stanford in the 2011 Orange Bowl and to Denard Robinson and Michigan in last season's Sugar Bowl. Finishing above .500 is a major goal for this current group of players, who are trying to put the taste of this below average season out of their mouths.
"I think it says a lot (to win and finish above .500)," Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas said. "It doesn't say that we're a middle of the road team. It says we're above a middle of the road team. ... Seven and six would be nice, especially the way the season has gone. - The Sports Xchange
12/28/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Logan Thomas is the lifeblood of Virginia Tech's passing and rushing game. He has only completed 52.6 percent of his passes, but he has come through with some big throws in clutch situations this season. And he has been the most viable option for the Hokies in the run game. He leads the team with 528 rushing yards and has scored nine rushing touchdowns to increase his rushing touchdown total over the last two years to 20. - The Sports Xchange
12/28/2012 - Virginia Tech lost 23-20 in overtime against Michigan in last season's Sugar Bowl to drop its bowl record to 8-11 under head coach Frank Beamer. The Hokies are 9-16 in bowl games all-time. Virginia Tech played in five BCS bowls in its previous eight seasons.
Scouting the Virginia Tech passing game: Virginia Tech doesn't win six games this season without Thomas, but the junior quarterback has taken a step back from his outstanding first year as a starter in 2011. His accuracy has taken a hit this season, with many of his passes hitting high or low of his targets. He has completed only 52.6 percent of his passes this season, but he is only 217 yards shy of becoming the first quarterback in school history with multiple 3,000-yard passing seasons. - The Sports Xchange
12/28/2012 - Virginia Tech came back from 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat Rutgers 13-10 in overtime Friday night in the Russell Athletic Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. Hokies junior quarterback Logan Thomas passed for 193 yards and connected with senior wide receiver Corey Fuller for a game-tying 21-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter. Cody Journell kicked a go-ahead 22-yard field goal in overtime.
Rutgers' attempt to tie the game in overtime was unsuccessful, as Nick Borgese's 42-yard field goal try sailed wide right. Virginia Tech broke a two-game bowl losing streak, and ended Rutgers' five-game bowl win streak. The Hokies have beaten the Scarlet Knights 12 straight times. The Hokies (7-6), who lost six of eight games in the middle of the season, avoided their first sub-.500 season since 1992. Virginia Tech ended the season on a three-game winning streak.
The Hokies' defense carried the team for most of the game. Virginia Tech held Rutgers to 196 total yards and forced two fourth-quarter turnovers. Hokies junior cornerback Antone Exum, the game's most valuable player, set up Fuller's game-tying touchdown with a critical interception and 32-yard return to the Rutgers' 21-yard line with 11:11 left in the fourth quarter. - The Sports Xchange
12/18/2012 - Sometimes, George Whitfield would speak over the phone with quarterback Logan Thomas only a few hours after a particularly disheartening loss this year. After other games, Thomas would wait a few days before dialing up the Los Angeles-based quarterback guru known for training NFL signal-callers Cam Newton, Andrew Luck and Ben Roethlisberger.
And though there was plenty to critique after Thomas threw 14 interceptions and saw his completion percentage fall to 52.6 percent, Whitfield always kept in mind that Thomas is only five years removed from almost exclusively playing tight end. "I think he just went through a learning experience quarterbacks have," Whitfield said this week when asked to evaluate Thomas's season. "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."
Whitfield remains passionate in his belief that Thomas is one of the top college quarterback prospects in the country. Regardless of whether Thomas decides to return to Virginia Tech for his senior season or declare for the NFL draft, he has already made plans to work with Whitfield again this offseason.
Thomas hasn't shied away from that assessment, admitting last week that "I don't think I could go in and start an NFL game right now and be fine and come out with a win." But at times during the season, Whitfield said, Thomas could be really hard on himself. - Mark Giannotto, The Washington Post
11/17/2012 - Logan Thomas threw for two touchdowns - the second a 7-yarder to Randall Dunn in overtime - and ran for another score to help Virginia Tech keep its bowl hopes alive with a 30-23 comeback win over Boston College on Saturday. The Hokies (5-6, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) need to beat rival Virginia at home next Saturday to become bowl-eligible for the 20th straight season. The Eagles (2-9, 1-6) look to avoid matching their worst record since 1989 next week at North Carolina State. The victory snapped Virginia Tech's seven-game losing streak away from Lane Stadium. It was the longest since nine straight in coach Frank Beamer's first two seasons - 1987-88.
Thomas completed 16 of 33 passes for 247 yards and added a 1-yard touchdown run. Cody Journell kicked three field goals for Virginia Tech. Rolandan Finch rushed 26 times for 133 yards and Nate Freese booted three field goals for BC. Chase Rettig was 13 of 30 for 129 yards and one touchdown for the Eagles. Boston College won the toss before overtime and elected to play defense first. Virginia Tech scored on its initial possession. The Hokies then held BC, tackling David Dudeck 5 yards short after he collected a swing pass from Rettig on a fourth-and-11 play. - AP Sports
11/14/2012 - Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas isn't hiding from the fact that his year hasn't gone as planned, but the redshirt junior revealed Tuesday that he will likely file paperwork with the NFL draft advisory board "just to see" what talent evaluators think about him once the Hokies' season is complete. The Lynchburg, Va., native told reporters two weeks ago that he plans to remain at Virginia Tech for his senior season, and did not indicate his mind had changed in that regard on Tuesday. But after some predicted Thomas could be a top five pick, his draft stock has taken a hit during a campaign that has seen him throw 14 interceptions, the second most by a Football Bowl Subdivision quarterback this year. "I would say it's middle of the road," Thomas said when asked to evaluate his performance this year. "I'm not excited with how I've been playing [and] I'm not hating how I've been playing. Interceptions are up, but like I've said before, it's because of a number of different things. They're not all my fault. Thomas said Tuesday one thing he plans to work on this season is his accuracy throwing on the run. He also has a tendency to overthrow receivers, particularly when there's pressure in his face. Thomas added that the spotlight on his up-and-down play doesn't bother him. As O'Cain put it, "You don't like it at all, but that's the way it is... That's one of the only positions that everybody thinks they know what they should be doing because they see him every time. He's out there, he's out there on an island." "If some of these people say stuff to my face - they sit there behind computers, cellphones, whatever - maybe we'd have a problem," Thomas said. "But I don't think anybody is going to say something to my face." - Mark Giannotto, The Washington Post
2013 NFL Division Champs
Get your team gear