Greetings from Greensboro, where were about halfway through Day 1 of the ACC Football Kickoff. Virginia Tech sent quarterback Logan Thomas and defensive back Kyle Fuller as its representatives; UVa’s Perry Jones and Steve Greer will speak a little after 5 p.m. today.
Thomas drew a huge crowd of reporters, as you might expect, but handled everything well as usual.
“I’m extremely comfortable,” he said. “Last year I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect. This year, there’s not a butterfly in my stomach, not a worry in my mind, nothing. Just excited to get the season started. I know what this team can do, know what I can do, and I’m excited to see what we can offer Week 1.”
I’m an offensive line nerd, as most of you guys know, so I asked him several questions about that unit, which returns just one starter (center Andrew Miller). Thomas said he was disappointed that the spring game got rained out, because he felt like the group up front was going to allay a lot of concerns with its play in front of a crowd.
“Throughout the spring, they have gotten better and better every single week,” Thomas said. “Every single scrimmage, you could see the difference. The last scrimmage that we had, the defense was sending the house at us. We were picking it up, we were able to get the ball out of my hand quick, picking up big gains. That’s what you want to see and that’s what we were doing.”
Seeing the light come on for those guys, so to speak, gave him a jolt of excitement.
“Definitely so, because I know how I felt when the light finally came on for me,” Thomas said. “You know you’re doing good when Coach [Curt] Newsome’s back there yelling – but he’s back there yelling because he’s happy. When he sees it and I get to see it, that gives me the extra confidence that I don’t have to worry about it.”
Andy’s got some other stuff on Thomas on his blog here. Check it out.