It’s interesting reading a few items from the spring and summer of 2011. In the article linked above, I quote Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated, who wrote about how Hokie fans were “giddily awaiting the debut of [Tyrod] Taylor’s replacement.”
Why would an SI writer know anything about a backup QB at Virginia Tech who had only thrown 26 passes in 2010, all but two of them coming against CMU, Wake Forest and Duke, obscure games shown only on ESPNU and the ACC Network?
It appears that after the Virginia Tech coaching staff got a good look at Logan Thomas during 2011 spring football, and they saw his potential, they were telling national prognosticators that LT was something special. In his preseason 2011 Herbie Awards, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit named Logan #3 on his list of “Names You’ll Know by October.”
Phil Steele swallowed the Logan Thomas hype hook, line, and sinker, using it as justification to tab the Hokies as his preseason pick for number one “surprise team of 2011”. Steele also ranked Virginia Tech #5 in his preseason rankings, higher than any other person or organization.
We here at TSL heard through the grapevine that the coaches really liked LT, saying that he was very smart, and was picking the offense up faster than all-time total offense leader Tyrod Taylor had.
We ran a preseason poll on TSL asking readers “How many passing yards will Logan Thomas have [in 2011]?” We listed four choices:
- Less than 1,000
- 1,001 – 1,500
- 1,501 – 2,000
- Over 2,000
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