Scrimmage Report: Thomas Shines, Leal Shows Progress

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The Virginia Tech offense put on a clinic on Friday night, throwing for 375 yards and three touchdowns. However, don’t get too excited, because cornerback Jayron Hosley was out with a slight concussion, and the Hokies were playing third string cornerbacks with the second team. Still, the showing from the offense was enough to make even the most cautious fan optimistic.

Logan Thomas was 9-of-16 for 214 yards and two touchdowns. He hit two deep balls to Danny Coale that were perfect throws, including one that was placed right over the cornerback and the safety. They didn’t come against the starting defense, but they were impressive throws anyway.

That one throw by Thomas, over a walk-on corner and true freshman rover Adjeboye Aromire, was a thing of beauty. However, Thomas may get a negative grade on the play, because he waited a long time for Danny Coale to break open, while David Wilson was running wide open in the flat the entire time. It would have been a big play if he had simply dumped the ball over to the flat.

Thomas had one more deep ball to Jarrett Boykin, who made a leaping catch over Kyle Fuller. Thomas ran the offense with a good poise and a good pace, and he’s playing like one of the best players on the team. How will he do in a real game? I don’t know, but he certainly is a good practice player.

The third string cornerbacks were #16 and #31, and they aren’t even listed with numbers on My best guess is they were Chris Caver and Carl Jackson, and they struggled with Tech’s wideouts all day.

Mark Leal took a step forward, going 5-of-9 for 132 yards and a touchdown. He looked much more comfortable, and his 70 yard touchdown pass to Marcus Davis was perfectly thrown and it came against the #1 defense. Antone Exum was late getting over as Davis went by Kyle Fuller, and Leal hit Davis in stride. The physical Davis then broke tackles from Fuller and Cris Hill to make it into the end zone.

Davis had five catches for 107 yards, and Danny Coale hauled in seven passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns.