Virginia Tech may not have been the typical Virginia Tech team in 2011, but the previous year should be a good learning curve for the Hokies as they move in to 2012. Before the Hokies put a cap on their spring schedule with their spring game on Saturday (4 p.m., ESPN3.com), here are five things we are paying attention to for the Fighting Frank Beamers.
1. Who will Logan Thomas be handing off to?
We'll get to the Hokies quarterback in a minute, but the more pressing concern this spring has to be the running back situation. Virginia Tech loses David Wilson, who set a Virginia Tech school record 1,709 yards last fall. That is a lot of yardage to replace, and when the leading backs returning in 2012 combined for under 60 yards on the ground last year, the running back position deserves special attention.
Frank Beamer will hope to see Daniel Dyer and Michael Holmes emerge as a dependable running back, and given Virginia Tech's history the running back position may be on fine shape. Thomas is more than capable of tucking the football and taking off when he needs to, but if Virginia Tech is going to make a run in the ACC then they will need to have an option to hand off to as well.