Virginia Tech's Struggles Are Because of Logan Thomas

By Travis Patterson

In the last 15 years, Frank Beamer has always had a reliable quarterback who could make plays with his arm and his legs. Beamer has had Michael Vick, Bryan Randall, Marcus Vick and Tyrod Taylor, to name a few.  Now Beamer is stuck with Logan Thomas, who cannot throw the ball to the right team, and certainly cannot make the plays with his legs.

It must be very frustrating to watch for Virginia Tech fans as they have seen the quarterback play drop off significantly since Thomas took over.

In 2011, Thomas got the nod as the starter after Taylor graduated and there was a lot of optimism surrounding his potential. He is 6-foot-6 and is a converted tight end, and the coaching staff thought that he could be the next great mobile quarterback in Blacksburg, VA.

Thomas finished 11-3 in his first year as the starter, but essentially lost every big game he played in, including two blowout losses to Clemson. However, 2012 saw a regression in performance for Thomas. Last year, the Hokies needed to win their last game just to become bowl eligible. Thomas finished with 2976 yards while only completing 51 percent of his passes in 2012.

His TD-INT ratio was not stellar either as he threw for 18 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. The Hokies’ offense was stagnant, and it has to start with the quarterback play. There are a good number of people that like to blame the fact that Thomas has no weapons to work with, but at some point you have to just blame the quarterback.

This season has gotten worse for the former tight end. He is only completing 47 percent of his passes while yielding a 3-4 TD-INT ratio.  The whole country got to see how much Thomas has regressed when the Hokies opened up against Alabama in Week 1.  He completed just 5-of-26 passes and finished with a total QBR of 1.9. Even the most loyal Hokies fan cannot defend these types of numbers.

His running ability, or lack thereof, is awful as well. This season, he has 12 carries for just 11 yards. I do not understand what Beamer sees in Thomas, except for maybe his 6-foot-6 frame. Just because he has a body like Cam Newton does not mean he has the skills that Newton does.

The Hokies are coming off a 15-10 win over East Carolina this past Saturday, which raises even more concern. This Hokies offense is not able to move the ball with any consistency, and it is now obvious that VT has the potential to lose on any Saturday no matter who they are playing.

Beamer better be thanking Bud Foster for having one of the best defenses in the country, because the offense is simply painful to watch. He also better be thanking the schedule shake-up, because they avoid Florida State and Clemson this season from the Atlantic division. Thomas has faced Clemson three times and has lost with a combined score of 99-30, with all of those losses coming by at least 20 points.

I find it hard to believe that Thomas’ back-up could be any worse than him, but Beamer is sticking with his starter. This weekend, VT plays host to Marshall, and there is no telling what Thomas is going to do against the Thundering Herd. After that, they then travel to Atlanta, GA to play Georgia Tech on a Thursday night. That has blowout written all over it unless Thomas can find confidence and stop turning the ball over.

After watching Thomas for the past two-plus years, one thing is for certain: defensive coordinators are not losing any sleep over him.

Travis Patterson, Writer for the ACC on  Follow on Twiiter @tpat20.

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