Biggest questions, #4 – The quarterback position

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Two questions surround the quarterback position at Virginia Tech: who will start, and will the Hokies get better play than they did the last two seasons?

Logan Thomas was a much better quarterback in 2011, when he had good, experienced players around him. Here are his numbers from 2011: 234-of-391 for 3,013 yards, 19 touchdowns, 10 INTs. He had a QB rating of 135.5 that season, which was better than any other Tech quarterback of the ACC era except Tyrod Taylor in 2009 and 2010, and Marcus Vick in 2005.

Unfortunately, as David Wilson, Jarrett Boykin, Danny Coale and almost the entire offensive line departed, Thomas wasn’t able to put the team on his back. That’s hardly his fault. He didn’t have much help. Still, turnovers were an issue for him at times. Here are his stats from 2012 and 2013 combined: 447-of-831 for 5,883 yards, 34 touchdowns and 29 interceptions. That’s a QB rating of 119.8, which is worse than any season for a Tech quarterback of the ACC era, with the exception of 2008 (when Sean Glennon and Tyrod Taylor combined for a rating of 108.9).

In short, Thomas went from being the third most efficient quarterback of the ACC era to the second least efficient quarterback of the ACC era, despite getting older and gaining more experience. What changed? The personnel around him, and it changed in a big way.

The quarterback gets too much credit when things go right, and too much heat when things go wrong. I think Logan’s career numbers prove that. Therefore, it’s tough to predict whether or not Tech will get better quarterback play this year, because so much of it