- Nov 30, 2013; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas (3) runs with the ball as Virginia Cavaliers defensive tackle David Dean (55) chases in the second quarter at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Logan Thomas and many other Virginia Tech seniors will be ending their careers in the Sun Bowl against a very good UCLA team which will give the Hokies’ seniors a great chance to improve their 2014 NFL Draft value. Unlike the rest of Virginia Tech senior teammates, Logan Thomas might change positions from quarterback to tight end at the next level and the Hokies have to consider that in their game plan. This has been done in the past for a bowl game also with Denard Robinson playing some wide receiver for Michigan last year in their bowl game. So, should the Hokies make this move or should they keep Thomas at quarterback?
Logan Thomas has been inconsistent throughout his collegiate career at quarterback and will likely battle to be picked on day 3 of the 2014 NFL Draft. When Thomas first arrived at Virginia Tech, the Hokies considered actually putting Thomas at tight end but the need at quarterback forced the Hokies to put Thomas at his current position. However, Logan Thomas is about to play his final game of his collegiate career and while the Sun Bowl should be taken seriously, the Hokies could give Thomas a chance to prove himself at tight end for the NFL scouts which will be there in huge numbers. Also, this game would give backup junior quarterback Mark Leal the chance to get some playing time as a starter before he likely replaces Thomas next season with Virginia Tech having aspirations of getting back to 10 win seasons.
While all this sounds good for the Hokies, Frank Beamer should also think about the fact that a big performance for Logan Thomas in the Sun Bowl against a very good UCLA team could really boost his NFL Draft stock. Thomas has the type of physical talents that make him a very intriguing prospect and a big game could help him pass guys like Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray who both are recovering from torn ACLs. The Hokies also are playing a very good UCLA team and Frank Beamer will want to have a quality performance after last year’s win was quite ugly for the Hokies in the Russell Athletic Bowl against Rutgers. Frank Beamer will have a tough decision ahead of him with both ways having benefits and consequences.
So, do you think Logan Thomas should play quarterback or tight end in the Sun Bowl?