2011 Spring Practice Preview: Quarterbacks

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Virginia Tech brings back most of their team for the 2011 season, but they
will have to break in a new starter at the most critical position on the field:
quarterback. All indications are that the new starter will be talented sophomore
Logan Thomas, who will bring something to the quarterback position that we
haven’t seen in the past: height and athleticism combined.

Tyrod Taylor is gone. His career was far too short. Taylor developed into one
of the best players in Virginia Tech history, and he has the numbers to prove
it: 57.2% career completion percentage, 7,017 passing yards, 44 passing
touchdowns, 2,196 yards on the ground and 23 rushing touchdowns.

Most importantly, Taylor played a big role on three ACC Championship teams,
and won a Chick-fil-A Bowl and an Orange Bowl during his career, not to mention
being named the ACC Player of the Year in 2010. That’s a pretty remarkable
career from a remarkable player, and he certainly made his mark on Virginia Tech
football.

We never really know what’s going to happen when a team has a first-year
starter at quarterback. Auburn and Oregon had first-year starters this past
season, and played each other for the National Championship. Meanwhile, Florida
struggled, while Texas didn’t even qualify for a bowl game. Everyone certainly
sees the potential in Logan Thomas, but as Florida and Texas proved, potential
doesn’t mean much when the ball is kicked off.

Here’s a quick look at how first-year quarterbacks have fared during the
Beamer Bowl Era.

Numbers
of First-Year Starters, Beamer Bowl Era
Year Player Comp% Yards TD INT
...