GREENSBORO, N.C. — This time last year, when Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas made his first appearance at the ACC’s annual football kickoff event, he was hailed as a signal caller with the potential to be a top-five pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
His return to the Grandover Resort on Sunday featured much less fanfare, and plenty of questions about why he had a disappointing 16-interception campaign a season ago.
But coming off Virginia Tech’s worst season in 20 years (7-6), Thomas is more focused on how the entire team seemed to crumble at times. The solution he came up with was to morph into a meaner — and more leadership-oriented — version of himself.
“I really haven’t held my tongue much lately,” Thomas said. “Ya’ll probably see I’m not all smiles like I used to be.”
With time to reflect on the 2012 season, the consensus among the Hokies was that year’s team lacked discipline and “want to” on the practice field. They simply grew too content after reeling off 10-win seasons for eight-straight years, so Thomas and the rest of the seniors have made it a point to erase any such comfort.