While the announcement of Logan Thomas returning to Blacksburg, Virginia to man the Virginia Tech Hokies offense for his senior season was well received by many, the fact still remained that Thomas needed to improve on some aspects of his game. Accuracy and turnover issues were probably the two main concerns.
Today’s spring game in Lane Stadium was the senior’s chance to show everyone that those improvements indeed had been made over the offseason. So, after today’s on the field festivities, how much did Thomas improve exactly?
Well, not a bit really.
In a scene all too familiar for Hokies fans, Thomas showed that he still has that knack for turning the ball over inexplicably. In moves that his head coach Frank Beamer would even go on to call ill-advised, the VT quarterback tossed three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns.
Working exclusively with new offensive coordinator Scott Loeffler over the offseason to improve whatever the issues were that were causing Thomas to make such errors, the first taste we got of the results today were not encouraging.
Thomas’ two picks that were returned for points were vastly different, yet similar in a way.
His first INT was on a fourth-and-goal from the six yard line. As Thomas dropped back, safety Der’Woun Greene read the route easily, jumped it, and had the senior QB watching him waltz 98 yards for the score.
The crowd in Lane Stadium had to be saying something collectively to themselves along the lines of, “Okay, small error. It happens. He’ll make up for it next drive.”
Well, the next drive came. And, much like the first, except not from as many yards out, the result was the same.
Thomas dropped back, was easily read by DB Donovan Riley at mid-field, route was jumped, and Riley was soon taking in a defensive TD celebration that, frankly, has been taken in by too many players at the expense of Logan Thomas throughout his career.
I’m sorry, but while most people discredit the validity of spring contests and the majority of the results, there is simply no ignoring this one. Logan Thomas has a serious problem with keeping the ball with his own team, it’s as simple as that.
If this issue is not corrected, and corrected immediately, this seems like a good of a time as any to remind everyone that Virginia Tech opens up the 2013 season against the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide–in SEC country!
So, I’ll leave you with this thought.
If Thomas can virtually get manhandled by his own defense, what kind of field day will Nick Saban and Kirby Smart have with the senior come the first week of the regular season?