A lot of the questions I received for this week's mailbag had to do with Jim Tressel and the Ohio State Buckeyes, but I wanted to start out with something different today before getting back into what became this week's big college football story.
One of the most intriguing new starting quarterbacks this season will be the Virginia Tech Hokies' supersized Logan Thomas, a strong-armed 6-foot-6, 245-pound sophomore. He played sparingly last season, completing 12 of 26 passes for 107 yards and running six times for 22 yards in seven games, although he did connect on a big throw in a tough spot against the Miami Hurricanes when Tyrod Taylor was forced out of the game. Responding that way on the road in a situation like that certainly bodes well for his 2011 potential.
This guy has a very powerful arm, fantastic size and runs well. The buzz around him is big already. My friend and Hokies beat writer Kyle Tucker tells me that Thomas has been clocked at around 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash and sports a 40-inch vertical jump. Thomas also has size 19 feet, apparently. Tucker used the word "freak" to describe Thomas, and that description sounds about right.
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