Raleigh Hokie discusses the continued development of Logan Thomas, as well as
what Tech did differently in the second half against Boston College. Also, how
will the Tech defense be different without Bruce Taylor?
I thought Saturday was Logan’s best game. He beat man-to-man against Wake and
Miami, but he beat BC’s umbrella zone. I don’t remember the last time a Tech QB
put up big numbers like that against BC.
I can’t think of one. He didn’t start off very well. He was misfiring on some
passes. BC changed their defense up from what we were expecting to see, so it
was a little erratic in the first half. For Logan specifically, once he got on a
roll and into a rhythm there at the end of the first half, he came out in the
second half and made some plays.
Tech figured out what BC was doing. Once they sorted that out, Logan really
knew where to look. He’s reading the defense pre-snap as a r-sophomore first
year starter. I don’t know if I can remember a guy who was able to do that as
well as he’s able to do it. He’s almost never wrong in his checks. To me that’s
quite impressive. Defenses aren’t able to bait him on passes.
I think the touchdown pass to Marcus Davis was intended to be a running play,
but I think he had the option to check into a pass, which he obviously did. He
knew he had single coverage on the outside, with a good matchup in Marcus Davis.
What adjustments did Tech make at halftime?
In the first half, BC was blitzing a lot, which was unusual for them. They
were blitzing from different angles. They were drawing plays inside and
defending inside. For example, they were forcing Logan Thomas to keep it on the
read option, and then they were rolling a linebacker behind that crashing
defensive end. Essentially, they would give Logan reads to keep the ball inside,
and then they would defend the inside with that blitzing linebacker.
In the first half, we ran a lot of stuff between the hashes. That’s where BC
was defending, and they were defending the bubble screens as well. They had two
weeks to prepare, and they got to prepare for all the things we like to do. It
was a good plan.
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