By Christopher Lusk
The pressure of a being the starting quarterback is immense at any school. It’s even tougher when following in the footsteps of the ACC Player of the Year and winningest quarterback in school history. That is what Virginia Tech sophomore quarterback Logan Thomas faced when replacing Tyrod Taylor, who is now playing in the NFL.
Like many young quarterbacks, Thomas got off to a rough start. While the Hokies started out with four straight victories, the offense seemed to struggle to find a rhythm in each game, other than against FCS opponent Appalachian State. When undefeated Clemson came to Blacksburg, Virginia Tech failed to score a touchdown in a game at home for the first time in 15 years. Thomas really struggled that day, and if you asked someone in Blacksburg what they thought of Thomas after the October 2 loss to Clemson, the words would be simply unprintable.
There are several examples of young Quarterbacks facing tough times, and then succeeding following a signature moment. For example, Denard Robinson didn’t win the starting job as a true freshman at Michigan, but when given the chance as a sophomore, he had a Heisman-like moment in a huge win over Notre Dame. Logan Thomas had his moment last Saturday in a come-from-behind 38-35 victory over Miami.
Against Miami, Thomas completed an amazing 23 of 25 passes for more than 300 yards with three touchdown passes. He also ran for two touchdowns including the game winner with 56 seconds remaining. His outstanding performance was noticed by fans and the media, and he was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week.
“He made all of us Hokies proud yesterday,” says Sydney Webster, a junior at Virginia Tech. “He was given an ESPN sticker for his helmet which is a great honor.”
Other fans were impressed at the way he bounced back after the Clemson game.
“Thomas showed a great deal of maturity leading the offense after facing criticism the entire week leading to the Miami game,” says Daniel Helderman, a sophomore at Virginia Tech.
Thomas impressed Virginia Tech sophomore Kim Accashian with his calmness in the pocket and his running ability.
“Multiple times he stuck his head down and went one on one with a Miami linebacker,” says Accashian. “He truly is one of a kind at the QB position standing at 6’6” and weighing almost 260 pounds.”
It may be early to declare the Logan Thomas era as officially taking flight, but this clearly is a step in that direction.
“The Logan Thomas era has officially begun,” says Accashian.