On ESPNU just minutes ago, Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas announced that he would be returning to Blacksburg for his senior season. The 6’6 quarterback was highly sought after as a prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft, which has a fairly weak crop of quarterbacks this year.
A big part of his decision may have been the likely transition under a new offensive staff at Virginia Tech. It’s expected that offensive line coach Curt Newsome, quarterbacks coach, Mike O’Cain, and wide receivers coach Kevin Sherman will be leaving Virginia Tech for other jobs (read: fired).
After meeting with the new offensive staff members yesterday, that is likely what helped finalize Thomas’ decision to stay for another year. Among the new staffers is the expected offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler, who was personally recommended to Frank Beamer by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Loeffler coached Brady when he was at Michigan and Brady swears by Loeffler.
With that type of coaching and tutelage, it was probably easier for Thomas to return to Virginia Tech. One thing he has lacked at Virginia Tech was proper quarterback coaching, but it seems he will get that now. Thomas said on ESPNU that coaches Brian Stinespring and Shane Beamer were smiling and high-fiving when Thomas told them of his plans to return. This would seem to indicate that both Stinespring and the younger Beamer will be staying in Blacksburg as well.
With this decision out of the way, all that remains this off-season is officially announcing the new offensive staff. For now Thomas, and Virginia Tech, can look forward to preparing for Alabama on August 31st.