ACC 2012 Spring Practice Expectations: Virginia Tech Hokies

Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas Will Be Called Upon to Carry An Experienced Offense in 2012

As spring practices get under way, we’ll be previewing what needs to happen for the teams and players of the ACC, culminating with notes on all 14 spring games.

Today’s featured team: Virginia Tech Hokies

The Hokies enter their 2012 spring practice session on a two-game losing streak and a frightening reality without their star running back. David Wilson was as important as any ACC player was to his offense, tallying over 1,700 rushing yards for a unit that would finish 28th nationally in yards on the ground. His running prowess, coupled with quarterback Logan Thomas‘s own mobility, allowed the young quarterback time to throw and the piece of mind that he wouldn’t have to shoulder the entire team’s fortunes. It worked to near-perfection, but now Thomas must figure out how to lead this group on his own. Exacerbating matters are the amount of starters returning for an offense that left much to be desired in 2011. Just three starters (including Thomas) are back, leaving holes across the line — especially the most gaping one, where OT Blake DeChristopher used to be. Will junior center Andrew Miller be capable of anchoring such an inexperienced unit? They’ve already got not depth along the line, plus there’s little help coming in the class of 2012. For as strong as the Hokies have been for the past decade-plus now, the amount of replacement they’ll need to do on the fly this season could be enough to derail them. Continue reading