The case for
The headliner on offense, senior quarterback Logan Thomas, returns to help the Hokies put a sorry 2012 campaign behind them. Though Thomas struggled last fall (18 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and an eight-plus-point drop in completion percentage), his dual-threat production as a sophomore reflected his potential. To get back on track, Thomas has spent the off-season working with coordinator Scot Loeffler, one of three offensive coaches brought on by Frank Beamer to kick-start the attack. The rushing game, which was bland in 2012, should find new life with highly touted redshirt freshman Trey Edmunds, who joins J.C. Coleman (492 yards, 2 TDs) in the backfield.
The defense came alive late last season, holding opponents to an average of 15.7 points in the final three games, all victories. The entire line returns, including 6'4", 253-pound shutdown end James Gayle (43 tackles, 16 sacks). In all, the unit brings back nine starters.
The case against
Virginia Tech's 7--6 record in 2012 was Beamer's worst in 20 years with the Hokies. The running game—historically a strength—was a nonfactor, and there's no guarantee that the new coaches can retool an attack with so little experience on offense.
Your 7--6 record in 2012 was your worst in two decades. What went wrong?