Today and tomorrow we’ll focus on Tech’s top players and coaches of the 2013 season, and today we’ll start on the offensive side of the ball.
Both the offense and the defense will get a Player of the Year, a Rookie of the Year, a Most Improved Player, a Most Surprising Player, and a Coach of the Year. Ties are not allowed…that’s no fun. These are my picks on offense for the 2013 season.
Offensive Player of the Year
I’ll be blunt: it’s really hard to give an Offensive Player of the Year Award this year. Logan Thomas (6-6, 254, r-Sr.) is one of the toughest and most physical guys to ever play at Virginia Tech, but I’m not 100% convinced that he won as many games for us in 2013 as he lost for us. He played awfully well in that three-game stretch against Georgia Tech, UNC and Pitt, but it was mainly the defense that was carrying the team at that point in the season. All he had to do was not screw it up, and he didn’t screw it up.
All that being said, Thomas had so much put on his shoulders this year that it would be very unfair to give this award to anybody else. He was the #1 quarterback, and for the middle portion of the season he was asked to be the #1 running back as well. That’s tough on anybody, and once his running responsibilities decreased, so did his interceptions.
On the whole, Logan was a better quarterback this season than he was last season, and last season he was definitely the offensive MVP. It’s definitely tough for anybody else to be under consideration this season.
For the year, Logan completed 57.3% of his passes for 2,861 yards, with 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. If I were going to give this award to anyone else, it would be Willie Byrn or...
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