At least Virginia Tech's new offensive coordinator will have the opportunity to work with a guy under center who's seen just about everything Atlantic Coast Conference defenses can offer, and still has a lot to prove.
Logan Thomas is coming back.
Thomas, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound quarterback from Lynchburg, announced Tuesday afternoon on ESPNU he will return to Tech for his senior season instead of declaring himself eligible for the NFL draft.
"I think I have a lot to work on," said Thomas, who led Tech to a 7-6 record this past season. "I think we can get better. Leaving a program 7-6, especially a program like Virginia Tech which we have a legacy of winning a lot of games and ACC championships, kind of left a bad taste in my mouth. I want to come back and have a better season this year."
He's expected to be tutored in his final season by former Auburn offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler. Tech has yet to confirm or deny Monday's CBSSports.com report regarding Loeffler's hire as offensive coordinator. Bryan Stinespring has held the position for 11 years under coach Frank Beamer.
Thomas, who wasn't made available by Tech to media outside of ESPN, wasn't asked by the network's broadcasters if the status of Tech's offensive coaching staff affected his decision.
In addition to Stinespring being replaced as offensive coordinator and possibly retained with a reduced role, quarterbacks coach Mike O'Cain and offensive guards and center coach Curt Newsome are expected to be cut loose from the staff.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Tuesday Newsome is expected to join James Madison's staff.
Thomas, who has started Tech's last 27 games, had a disappointing junior season. He completed just 51.3 percent of his passes for 2,976 yards, 18 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
No Tech quarterback in the last 40 years has thrown more interceptions in a single season than Thomas. Will Furrer also threw 16 interceptions in the 1988 and '91 seasons.
"For me, I need to be a lot more consistent," Thomas said. "I had a couple throws, or a lot of throws, get away from me this year. I've got to take care of the little things and hopefully that'll make me become a better quarterback and make our team become a better team."
As a sophomore in 2011, Thomas completed 59.8 percent of his passes for 3,013 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He had wide receivers Jarrett Boykin and Danny Coale, the two top pass-catchers in school history, to throw to in the '11 season, but both players graduated after that season.
A huge part of Thomas' game has been his bruising running style, which continued to be an asset this season. After gaining 469 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns in 2011, he led Tech this season with 524 yards rushing and nine touchdowns.
Coming into his junior season, ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper rated Thomas one of the top-five players available for the '13 draft, if he decided to forgo his final season of college eligibility. His stock dropped after struggling as a passer this past season for Tech.
"(Tech coach Frank Beamer) along with coach Stinespring and coach Shane Beamer were extremely excited that I was coming back," said Thomas regarding when he gave the coaches the news Monday he would be returning for his senior year.
"They were smiling, laughing and giving high fives. They told me that they were happy to have their leader back in their room, and I'm happy to be back."Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times