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Spring shoes to fill: Virginia Tech

4/21/2011

VIRGINIA TECH

Biggest shoes to fill: Quarterback Tyrod Taylor

This one is a no-brainer. Taylor was the winningest quarterback in school history, the ACC’s 2010 Player of the Year, and set school records last year for career total offense, career passing yards, career rushing yards by a quarterback, career wins by a starting quarterback, career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback and touchdown passes in a season.

Spring replacement: Logan Thomas

At 6-foot-6, Thomas will give the Hokies some advantages in the passing game, but he’s not the scrambler Taylor was. Despite their physical differences, the staff doesn’t expect the offense to change much.

“He’s had a great spring,” coach Frank Beamer said. “He’s done everything you’d want him to do to really become an excellent quarterback. He’s really made good decisions, has thrown the ball exceptionally well. We’ve had more offensive production this spring than most springs we’ve been through.”

Summer outlook: There is no question Thomas is the heir to Taylor, but it’s worth watching the backup competition evolve. Beamer said on Thursday he was particularly impressed this spring with redshirt freshman Mark Leal, who has pushed Ju-Ju Clayton for the No. 2 spot and will continue to do so this summer.

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