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December 18, 2013

Thomas Leaving A Mark

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It was just less than a year ago that quarterback Logan Thomas had a big decision. He could test his luck in the NFL draft and leave Virginia Tech with one year of eligibility left. Or, he could return for one more season as a Hokie.

Buoyed in part by the hiring of offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler, Thomas chose to return to Virginia Tech. While the Hokies have already done better than last season's 7-6 finish, Thomas fell short of a few goals like an ACC championship or even a BCS bowl.

With just one game remaining in his college career, Thomas can get to nine wins by beating a ranked team, No. 17 UCLA Dec. 31 in the Sun Bowl. But looking back on this fall, Thomas received just as much criticism in his final season as he did as a junior last season. Was the return for Thomas worth it?

"I'm definitely a lot more hardened than I was," he said. "I used to listen to stuff, used to take stuff and put it on my shoulders. Now, I still heard it, but I kinda just throw it out the window. I don't pay any attention to it, because it doesn't mean anything. I've grown up a lot and that's what college does to you, especially the game of football."

True, Thomas has passed for fewer yards than last season (2,861 as opposed to 2,976 last season), but his accuracy, one of the biggest knocks on his game has improved. With Loeffler's help, Thomas' completion percentage has risen from 51.3 percent last season to 57.3 percent this season.

For the second season in a row, Virginia Tech will fall short of 10 wins, after eight straight seasons as such before. But Thomas can end his career on a high note with a win and increase his draft stock, which is certainly one thing he set out to do this season.

"I got a lot better," Thomas said. "My technique's a lot better. I'm able to read, I'm able to understand the game of football, how protection works and actually see it and do it. It's been a blessing for me to come back. I had a great time, I had a great experience and obviously, we lost four games, three of those we think we shouldn't have, but all in all, I think I've progressed as a player, as a leader and as a person."

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