Dissecting the Decision to Practice LT at TE

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Wednesday’s practice, offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring told
BeamerBall.com that heir-apparent QB Logan Thomas is going to get some reps at
tight end, in the interest of getting Virginia Tech’s best athletes on the
field. His primary focus still remains as a quarterback, but the work at tight
end tells you something about how the Hokie coaches view this upcoming season.

In his comments to BeamerBall.com, Stinespring wasn’t fully clear on how much
work Thomas will get at tight end. He said that Thomas’s primary responsibility
remains to get better as a quarterback every day, and that they’re easing him
into some plays at the tight end position, in the hopes that he can help the
Hokies out there.

But again: Thomas is still first and foremost a quarterback.

Kyle Tucker of the Virginian-Pilot tweeted that Thomas’s tight end work is
“limited” and that it’s strictly route-running at this point.

It’s not clear where this will go, and the VT coaches themselves may not know
at this point. But you have to ask yourself the question: with so many weapons
on offense, why would the Tech coaching staff be willing to split the attention
and duties of a guy who is one Tyrod Taylor injury away from being the starting

The answer, we think, points to an effort on the Virginia Tech coaching staff
to go “all in” for this season and make a run at the national
championship. They’re pulling out all the stops and looking for every little
advantage that could mean the difference between 10-2 or 11-1 in the regular
season, or 12-0. If Logan Thomas catching a TD pass on a go route from the tight
end position is, say, the difference between victory and defeat at North
Carolina on November 13th, then why not put that weapon in your arsenal?

They’re running a risk, of course. It’s not just a question of having Thomas
take a few snaps at QB, then move to tight end while Tyrod and Ju-Ju Clayton