Virginia Tech Hokies Immediately Start Preparing for Crucial Conference Game to Open Season

August 1, 2012 – 8:00 am by Eric Schmoldt

Most of the time in college football, we get used to seeing our favorite teams play a couple of tune up games before gearing up for conference play, and by that point we have a decent idea of what we may see. Every year, however, there seems to be a couple of conference games that put some immediate direction on the college football season.

This year, one of those games comes when Virginia Tech hosts Georgia Tech on Sept. 3. All eyes will be on Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas, who has received more and more accolades as of late. Coach Frank Beamer says he’s got enough talent to surround Thomas with, but it’s a matter of getting the team to play consistently from the first snap.

Frank Beamer joined WFNZ in Charlotte with the Mac Attack to discuss preparing for the season, the play of Logan Thomas, why he thinks there are enough pieces around him, being picked to win the division, opening against Georgia Tech and the four-team playoff format.

Are you ready for the season?:

“Yeah, we’re ready. We’ve got some work to do. I think we’ve got a football team that has a chance to be good, but right now we’re not there. We’ve got some getting better to do and we’ll correct some things here in preseason. And I think whoever carries the ball for us is probably going to be a freshman, redshirt freshman. I think our backups in the secondary are going to be freshmen. We’re young in the offensive line as far as starting and playing experience. … But I think the good part of it is we’ve got some talented players.”

You’ve got Logan Thomas at quarterback, who some people even think could go as high as the No. 1 overall pick eventually. Is he that good?:

“I think he’s got everything it takes. He’s smart, he’s competitive, he wants to be good, he works at it. He’s got a great outlook, he’s a great character, he’s a great leader for our football team. You’re not going to rattle the guy. … I think you’re only going to see this guy get better and better.”

Does he have enough weapons around him to have a big year?:

“I think it can develop, I really do. I think our wide receivers, we’ve got some guys coming back. … I think we’ve got some people around Logan that are going to be OK, but they just haven’t been in that position in the past, so we’ve got to get them in there and get them playing well and get them playing consistent.”

Do you pay any attention to being the favorite in your division?:

“Yeah, I look at it. What’s more important is where do you finish up, but we’ve got a gigantic game to open the season against Georgia Tech. They were picked second and the winner of that game has represented our side for the last few years. I don’t think we’ve ever had a more important game to start the season than Georgia Tech coming in here.”

Do you like having that game where it is?:

“Well, there’s good and there’s bad. You’re on national TV and you’re the only game on and if you can do well, you’ve helped your program. I think the fact of having a little more time for preparation for Georgia Tech’s offense, that’s helpful. But to play a game that’s that important in the beginning, I think ideally you’d like to play your nonconference games and then go into your conference play, and I think that’s how you’d like to do it and try to develop your football team and know what you’ve got when you get to conference play. But we’re not going to have that this year, but it’s a very important ballgame to start the season.”

Do you think the upcoming four-team playoff is good for the sport?:

“I think it’s good. When we played Auburn in the Sugar Bowl and Auburn was undefeated, that’s when I decided that Auburn should have had a chance to play that year. There were three undefeated teams and Auburn was one of them. … I think it’s a good direction. I think we’ve got four teams playing for a national championship and I think the bowls stay strong.”

Listen to Frank Beamer on WFNZ in Charlotte here

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