2012 Spring Practice Preview: Quarterbacks

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The Hokies return their top two quarterbacks for the 2012 season.  This spring they’ll work on timing with Tech’s new receivers, and focus on developing Mark Leal into a backup who is ready to play if needed.

Unfortunately, Logan Thomas and Leal are the only scholarship quarterbacks on the roster.  Ju-Ju Clayton would have been a r-senior, but with his degree in hand he decided not to spend another season as Tech’s #3 quarterback.

Clayton’s departure leaves Tech a bit short-handed this spring, but it’s hard to complain about the guys who will be running the #1 and #2 offense.  Thomas had a big season as a first-year starter in 2011, and Leal looked very good in limited work.

Logan Thomas

Logan Thomas (6-6, 254, r-Jr.)

Logan Thomas had to replace 2010 ACC Player of the Year last season, and after a couple of hiccups early in the season he settled in and developed into arguably the best pocket passing quarterbacks Virginia Tech has ever had.

In fact, Thomas broke the school record for total yards in a season when he ran and threw for a combined 3,482 yards.  His passing numbers are what stood out: 234 of 391 (59.8%) for 3,013 yards with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.  He was the first quarterback of the Beamer Bowl Era to pass for 3,000 yards in  season.

As a comparison, Bryan Randall threw for 2,264 yards in 2004 in one fewer game, Marcus Vick passed for 2,393 yards in 2005 in one fewer game, and Tyrod Taylor had 2,743 yards through the air in 2010 in the same number of games.  Logan Thomas , ladies and gentlemen, is legit.

Thomas can still improve.  He occasionally still sails a ball too high, and every