Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas had a memorable rookie season in 2011, as he set a school record for rushing touchdowns in a season by a quarterback with 11 and broke the school's single-season total offense record set by Tyrod Taylor in 2010. Thomas completed 234-of-391 passes (59.8 percent) for 3,013 yards with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also carried 153 times for 469 net yards and 11 touchdowns. His 234 completions, 391 attempts and 3,013 yards passing all ranked second in Tech history for a single season behind only Don Strock's records set in 1972. I spoke with Thomas about his expectations for his second season as a starter. Here are the highlights of our conversation:
How can you get better in your second season as a starter?
Logan Thomas: You’ve just got to keep working hard, just keep being the person you are, and the player you are. Don’t try to do anything different, but just keep working hard and refining your skills and trying to get better in every aspect of the game.
What’s the biggest thing you learned from last season?
LT: Just to move on from play to play, series to series. Sometimes things aren’t going to go your way. You’ve just got to bounce back and just do it. That’s kind of what we had to do all year.
Do you remember what it was like for you in the season opener last year, how you felt?
LT: Yeah, I was definitely a little nervous. It was the first time I was able to get a chance to play in a game that actually meant something. I was definitely a little nervous, but very excited at the same time. It’s the first time I had a chance to do something like that, and it was kind of like the next step into my future.
Aside from obviously being more comfortable, what’s the biggest difference for you at this point?
LT: Just the mentality is the biggest thing, being able to control and process everything that’s been thrown at me in the spring and in the fall because I already know what’s going to happen and how it works, not just going in kind of blind and having to pick it up as it goes.
Where do you think you made the most improvement as the season progressed last year?
LT: Being able to stay in the pocket and make good throws instead of just scrambling around and trying to make a play with my legs or throwing it on the run. Just knowing where my protection is at and where it’s not going to break down at and where it is going to break down at, and deliver the ball to the receiver.
Was there a turning point for you last season? Watching you I thought it was the Miami game, but what’s your take on where you finally figured it out and said, ‘I got it, I can do this?’
LT: I’d say I really kind of picked it up in the Marshall game. I was able to see how everything was supposed to work and how it was going to work and how our offense was put together and supposed to work. I kind of really picked everything up that week. Obviously had a bad next week against Clemson, but put it right back on the table against Miami. Things kind of were flowing from there.
What are you looking forward to most about being a second-year starter?
LT: Just being able to play some more football for one. It’s nice to be able to have two more years left in my tank here. It’s an honor being able to play here at such a high football program that is known for winning throughout the last two decades. I’m especially enjoying my time here on campus.
Do you expect your role to change or the offense to change given the replacements on the offensive line and the uncertainty at running back?
LT: No, I mean, we’re the same team we’ve always been for the past 10 years. I wouldn’t expect it to change in that aspect, but I would expect them to give me more responsibility now that I’ve completed my first year.
LT: I’m not exactly sure yet, maybe some more audibles, or self-checks at the line, change up routes during the play. I’m not 100 percent sure of how or what they’ll do, maybe put the ball in my hands a little more, but I guess we’ll see when that time comes around.
Is it something you would welcome? More responsibility?
LT: Oh definitely. I think it’s just the next step to being the quarterback I want to be, and getting to the place that every quarterback in the NCAA wants to be.