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Good news Hokie fans, Logan Thomas has decided to stay for his senior season. Obviously, this isn't unexpected based on the season he had in 2012. But, early reports this week seemed to point towards the Logandozer taking his talents to the NFL. That said, it wouldn't shock me if newly hired offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler had something to do with Thomas staying in Blacksburg for his final season.
This is big news for those hoping these efforts will revitalize any shot that the Hokies can one day play for another National Title. While I like Mark Leal skillset, there's clearly a difference in potential between he and Thomas. If Thomas and Loeffler can work together to correct the offense this season, the sky is the limit for this 2013 group. Bud Foster's defense should return to it's usual attacking self and with a competent offense by it's side, we'll at least be better than we were last season with hopefully another 10 win season on the horizon.
I think the only question that remains is what does Mark Leal think about these developments? There was a rumor passed around a week or so ago that Leal may look for a release if Thomas returned for his final year. For a player who has waited patiently without much complaint, I can't blame him for maybe wanting to drop down to the FCS level so he could play immediately. Although I think a lot of Leal as a QB, if playing time is truly what he is after then that may not be a bad way to go.
That said, Leal could stay patient and he'll likely inherit the reigns in 2014. With one good season, who knows how that would affect his future.
Finalizing The Coaching News
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The coaching hires have not yet been finalized although that's merely a formality at this point. We know Scot Loeffler, Jeff Grimes, and Aaron Moorehead will be the three coaches hired. However, I would not expect a final decision to be announced until later on this week. Tech will likely schedule a press conference to welcome the three new coaches into Hokienation. If you have any questions you would like to have answered about these three guys feel free to ask me in the comment section below.
McLaughlin Set to Enroll
The final news we've been waiting on today is whether or not two Hokies will be joining the team in the spring. The first (and most notable name) is Drew Harris, a talented down-hill running back out of western Pennsylvania. Harris is the type of running back that would have rushed for 1500 yards at Virginia Tech in the 2000-2005 seasons. He still has that ability in the Scot Loeffler system although unlike our running backs during that previous span, Harris will likely have to share the rock with at least one other talented running back.
At the time I post this article, I have not heard officially if Harris has been cleared or not. That said, Tech did receive some good news today when Jonathan McLaughlin, a three star offensive line commit, received the thumbs up from the NCAA Clearinghouse enabling him to start packing for Blacksburg. McLaughlin isn't the type of player who could help immediately but the extra spring practice period will be good for his conditioning. In the grand scheme of things, enrolling early will benefit him as an upperclassman.
That's where we stand today Hokies. Sorry for the hodgepodge of topics in this article but it was a busy day in Blacksburg.
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