BLACKSBURG, Va. — Coach Frank Beamer tried put to rest any doubts about Logan Thomas’s status as Virginia Tech’s starting quarterback on Monday.
“Absolutely, he’s the quarterback. There’s no question in our mind he’s the guy,” Beamer said emphatically at a news conference at Lane Stadium. “He’s had a rough outing, but as far as what he’s all about and him being our quarterback, that’s not in question.”
Thomas threw for a career-high 391 yards Saturday against Boston College, but two fumbles and two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, were deciding factors in Virginia Tech’s 34-27 loss. It came a week after the redshirt senior threw a career-high four interceptions in an upset loss to Duke at Lane Stadium.
The slide has prompted a faction of fans to call for Virginia Tech to give redshirt junior Mark Leal, Thomas’s primary backup the past three seasons, a chance.
Thomas was asked after the Boston College game if he ever considered whether his struggles might land him on the bench at some point. He bristled, quickly responding, “Next question.” On Monday, Thomas, usually reserved with reporters, answered his critics defiantly.
“You can go ahead and ask anybody in this building now, can walk across the street to [the team’s practice facility] and ask anybody over there,” he said. “You can ask anybody that’s a part of this program if they think there’s any chance of me being taken out for a series and it’d be a quick ‘No.’
“I feel the exact same way, so wherever that question comes from, you can go ahead and throw that out.”
Thomas has an ACC-high 12 interceptions through nine games. According to ESPN, his 33 turnovers since the start of last season are tied for the most by a Football Bowl Subdivision player. He had gone three games and 116 consecutive pass attempts without a turnover before the last two games.
Wide receiver Josh Stanford remained adamant Monday “a great deal of the interceptions fall on us as receivers.” That, though, hasn’t been enough to satisfy disgruntled fans that have taken to message boards and Twitter to voice their displeasure with a polarizing player that will leave Virginia Tech with most of the school’s records associated with quarterbacks.
Beamer was quick to point out that if he listened to all the naysayers, “We’d be all over the place.” His quarterback agreed.
“People are gonna say what they’re gonna say,” Thomas said. “If they want to say something after they come sit in the meeting room with me and come out on the practice field with me, then you can say whatever you want to. But until you do that, your opinion means nothing.”