Follow the Leader

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Last Sunday I wrote that Virginia Tech needed more from Logan Thomas if they wanted to win the big games on their schedule this season.  On Thursday night, he delivered one of the best performances of his career, and made it clear that he’s the leader of this team, and that all of Virginia Tech’s offensive success goes through him.

Logan put the team on his shoulders down the stretch of the Marshall game to beat the Thundering Herd, but what was bothering me were some of the little things.  Throwing into coverage for an interception against Marshall, and even being late on the throw to Willie Byrn that eventually tied that game…it was the little things like those plays that I thought needed to be erased if the Hokies wanted to beat Georgia Tech, and have a chance to beat UNC, Pitt, Miami and Maryland (yes, the Terps are pretty good).

That’s exactly what we got out of Logan on Thursday night.  He played a mistake free football game, he was efficient in the passing game, he was a battering ram against that Georgia Tech defense (as usual), and he was completely in command.  And he did it all despite not practicing last week because of an abdominal strain.

I don’t think any of us can truly appreciate how difficult it is to throw accurate passes, run the team, and be used as a human battering ram as Logan was with an injury like that.  It takes a lot of guts, and a lot of toughness.  Let’s all give a tip of the cap to Logan.

Let’s also give a tip of the cap to offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler, who I thought devised an excellent gameplan.  The Hokies didn’t try to do too much in this game.  Loeffler designed a very efficient short passing game that was successful in moving the football, and they kept their running game simple: give it to Logan, and let him run over people.

The strategy was successful.  They didn’t score much, but they were able to impact field position.  For example…

4th possession,