Because of the scarcity of chances so far, I’ve been stretching material from last Wednesday’s interviews. As such, you’ve probably read a lot of this about Logan Thomas so far, so bear with me. If you’ve read it, read it again. If you haven’t, hey, it’s new stuff from Logan Thomas!
Fret not: there’ll be fresh stuff after practice tonight, so check back. In the meantime, here’s a little bit of what Thomas had to say about the spring …
– Thomas has gotten to know new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler in pieces over the offseason, since the NCAA has so many restrictions about contact time with coaches. But now that it’s the spring, it’s full bore. Loeffler has lofty goals for the rising senior.
“He always says he’s on a mission from God to make me the best quarterback in the nation, not just in the ACC,” Thomas said, without a hint of a “Blue Brothers” accent.
Where is Loeffler looking to correct Thomas’s game?
“He said I have a lot of work to do, in certain aspects,” Thomas said. “That’s because he wants me to be perfect. That’s not to say I was doing it bad or wrong. But he wants me to do it 100 percent the right way. For me, I love that type of thing. I want to be the best there is. Whatever is going to make me the best I can.”
– Thomas agreed that there was a lack of leadership last year that contributed to the Hokies’ problems, something for which he takes partial responsibility.
“As the quarterback, you’re supposed to be the person that leads no matter what,” he said. “And I was trying to take a big step this year. And everything I do, I have to have that in the back of my mind, make sure I’m leading the guys in the right direction and saying the right things and they’re focused on what I have to say and we’re doing it right.”
Thomas did display some leadership last year, he thought, just not enough, something he knows won’t fly as a senior.
“I just didn’t make it vocal enough,” he said. “I would let things slide, and I can’t let things slide anymore.”
– Just from talking to the coaches and players, it definitely feels like a refreshed team this spring.
“I guess for us it’s kind of a new start,” Thomas said. “We get to wipe away the bad record that we had last year and make the best of the one coming up. Obviously we’re leaving that in the back of our head. We never want to be 7-6. That’s just not how we are. So we have it there, but we already talked about it as an offensive team. We need to forget about it and move onto the next, because it’s not going to do anything but bring us down unless we’re using it as motivation.”
Like others, Thomas made mention of the team’s commitment to being tough this offseason (and if the “Bull in the Ring” drills from practice on Frank Beamer‘s website are any indication, the coaching staff is hammering that point home every practice).
“I think it’s going to be a different mental aspect,” Thomas said. “I think we’re going to be a lot tougher, a lot meaner.”
Was last year’s team not tough enough?
“I guess it’s something looking back,” he said. “We could have been better in certain positions, and it’s just coming off a different mental aspect. I guess that’s something that we’re going to be doing differently this year.”
– Alabama is an offseason motivator, but Thomas isn’t worrying about the Crimson Tide right now.
“Right now we have to take care of ourselves,” he said. “And we need to learn the new plays, the new system. We’ve got to be able to play with each other and get a feel for how everybody is and how the new system is going to flow, and we’ll be just fine when that happens.”
– Thomas said that despite Antone Exum‘s knee injury playing basketball, the coaching staff hasn’t given them a “no basketball” directive for the offseason.
“You can’t hold a person down from playing something he’s done his entire life,” Thomas said. “Same thing for me.”
An all-state player high school player at Brookville, Thomas played every once in a while in the winter. Not now that spring ball has started, however.
“[Exum's injury] didn’t scare me off,” he said. “I’ve done it since I was 5 and you’re not going to stop doing something that you enjoy doing.”