Redshirt junior Logan Thomas announced Tuesday afternoon that he will return to Blacksburg for his senior season rather than declare for the 2013 NFL draft. Thomas entered the 2012 season as a potential top five pick, according to some draft analysts, but his stock suffered as the Hokies endured their worst season in 20 years on the field.
Still, there was some doubt as to whether he would come back, especially because Coach Frank Beamer is in the process of overhauling his offensive coaching staff. But Thomas, a Lynchburg, Va., native who earned his Virginia Tech degree last month, put that all to rest when he made his intentions known.
“I think I have a lot to work on. I think we can get better,” Thomas said on ESPN’s “College Football Live.” “Leaving a program 7-6, especially a program like Virginia Tech … kind of left a bad taste in my mouth and I want to come back and have a better season this year.”
A second-team all-ACC selection in 2011, Thomas struggled at times this past season even though he broke his own program record for total offense and became the first quarterback to lead the Hokies in rushing since Bobby Owens in 1965.
His completion percentage fell from 59.8 percent during his first season starting under center to 51.3 percent this past season. Thomas also finished with 16 interceptions, the second-most among ACC quarterbacks this year.
Last week, cornerback Antone Exum and defensive end James Gayle also announced they would be returning to Virginia Tech instead of entering their names into the 2013 NFL draft.