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Logan Thomas and Danny Coale earn player of the week honors

Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas and wide receiver Danny Coale earned ACC player of the week honors for their performances in the Hokies’ win over Georgia Tech Thursday night, the league office announced Monday.

Thomas was named the offensive back of the week after he averaged close to 30 yards per completion (7 of 13 for 209 yards), rushed for a career-high 70 yards and accounted for five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) against the Yellow Jackets. He also earned player of the week honors last month when he completed 23 of 25 passes and threw for a career-high 310 yards in a come-from-behind 38-35 win over Miami.

Coale, meantime, was named the league’s receiver of the week after finishing with two catches for 97 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown reception just before halftime.

On that play, ESPN analyst Jesse Palmer commented that 90 percent of the quarterbacks in the NFL wouldn’t have been able to throw the ball on target with as much zip as Thomas did. Play caller and quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain said Sunday that was probably a bit of an exagerration, but he was quick to point out that Thomas “threw the ball exactly the way it needed to be thrown.”

Coale’s only other reception was a diving 34-yard catch down the sideline to help the Hokies get a first down on third-and-12 in the third quarter. Coale (Episcopal High) leads Virginia Tech with 48 catches, 724 receiving yards and three touchdowns this year.

In addition, the ACC announced that the Hokies’ regular season finale at Virginia will be a 3:30 kickoff and will be shown on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. If the Cavaliers beat Florida State Saturday evening or Virginia Tech loses to North Carolina on Thursday, the annual battle for the Commonwealth Cup will decide who wins the ACC’s Coastal division title and moves on to the league’s championship game.

The Hokies have beaten Virginia seven straight times, the longest win streak for either team in the series, which dates from 1895.

Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.


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