Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas has had his share of troubles through the first four weeks of the season. He hasn’t been the same passer he was last season. As of now his completion percentage is 51.7%, last season that percentage was just under 60%. He has thrown seven touchdown passes and four interceptions, last season he threw 10 picks for the entire season.
Thomas struggled at the beginning of last season, but the Hokies were able to win their first four games against inferior competition. Virginia Tech then lost their week 5 matchup with Clemson, and Thomas’s struggles fully manifested themselves (the Hokies only scored 3 points). Then, in week 6, Thomas broke out and showed what he could do against Miami. He completed 23-of-25 pass attempts and threw for three touchdowns. Thomas added another two on the ground for good measure.
So far it appears that Thomas is following last season’s script, so is the Hokies’ matchup with Cincinnati this weekend going to be Thomas’s breakout game?
The answer to that question is hard to predict. The Bearcats have only played two games so far this season against Pittsburgh and Delaware State. The key to Cincinnati’s pass defense is their defensive line. The Bearcats have sacked the quarterback eight times in their first two games.
Logan Thomas will be the toughest quarterback to bring down that Cincinnati will play all season, but sacks aren’t the VT quarterback’s problem. His real problem this season is his accuracy, or lack thereof. Thomas has consistently overthrown receivers this season. His footwork appears to be off and he is throwing off his back foot more then he should.
The fact that he is overthrowing his receivers is surprising, because the Hokies top four wide outs (Marcus Davis, Dyrell Roberts, Corey Fuller, &Demitri Knowles) are all speedsters on the outside. Thomas’s accuracy issues have contributed to a high number of three-and-outs this season, leaving the defense to pick up the pieces.
Thomas is also struggling in the running game early this season. Last year Thomas averaged 3.1 yards per rush and he is only averaging 2.7 yards this season. This isn’t a huge surprise because Virginia Tech’s running game as a whole has struggled this season and that falls on the offensive line. The line has steadily gotten better since the spring, but until they can consistently open up holes for the running backs and Thomas then the offense will struggle.
Virginia Tech’s offense depends on the run to set up the play action pass down the field. Thomas is poised to have a break out game at some point, but until the run game becomes consistently good he will have his struggles. I doubt he will have a Miami-like performance against the Bearcats, but Thomas will show improvement come Saturday.