BLACKSBURG Virginia Tech senior quarterback Logan Thomas showed up for Monday’s weekly football press conference wearing a protective boot on his right foot.
Thomas said he sprained his foot in the first quarter of the Hokies’ win over Georgia Tech on Thursday night in Atlanta.
“It’s nothing, really,” said Thomas, who completed his first nine passes against the Yellow Jackets and finished 19 for 25 for 221 yards.
“I got a sprain on my foot in the first quarter and they’re just doing it to take pressure off of it. … It’s fine.”
Thomas played the past two games with a strained abdomen he thinks he suffered while stretching in practice the week leading up to the Marshall win. He said that injury was painful on Thursday night against Georgia Tech and that he still is dealing with lingering discomfort in his midsection.
“Every time I threw the ball it just kind of hurt,” said Thomas, whose Hokies (4-1, 1-0 ACC) host North Carolina (1-3, 0-1 ACC). “But I think I was just locked in.”
When asked if he was concerned about the assortment of injuries he’s suffered, considering his increased role as a ballcarrier, Thomas joked, “Maybe I’m just getting old.”
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said ideally the team would run Thomas less but the offense is doing what works best to win games. And Beamer thinks Thomas can handle it.
“He’s tough,” Hokies coach Frank Beamer said. “He fits toughness to a ‘T’. He’s that guy. But yeah, you’d like to run some other guys a little bit more and him a little bit less.”
Thursday, Thomas ran 14 times for 76 yards, not counting the 18 yards he lost on two sacks. The Hokies’ running backs struggled.
Sophomore tailback J.C. Coleman (ankle) played between 15-20 plays on Thursday, running backs coach Shane Beamer said. Coleman didn’t have a single carry against the Yellow Jackets, but Beamer said it just happened that no running plays were called while he was in the game.
Redshirt freshman tailback Trey Edmunds had six carries for 1 yard in the game.
Thomas isn’t just dealing with some physical pain this week. He and his teammates are also dealing with the painful memories of last year’s beat-down at the hands of North Carolina.
The Tar Heels beat Tech 48-34 last season.
“We only have to remember the last year and how we got pounded down at North Carolina,” Frank Beamer said. “I don’t know if it’s ever good to get your tail pounded. I’m not sure about that. But it was a pounding, I’ll say that. … They just hammered us. It was a hammer job. So they certainly got our attention and our respect on that deal.”
Beamer also addressed the threats received by senior kicker Cody Journell after missing a 25-yard field goal try in Thursday night’s win. Tech reported the threats to the Blacksburg and campus police departments Friday.
“That wasn’t a good Hokie fan,” Beamer said. “That was somebody else that wants to try to give your program a bad name. … The Hokies fans I know, that wasn’t them. That was somebody else.”
NOTES: Virginia Tech senior cornerback Antone Exum (Deep Run) has been cleared to play Saturday against North Carolina. Exum missed the Hokies’ first five games after suffering a knee injury injury last winter.
Virginia Tech senior right guard Andrew Miller was named the Atlantic Coast Conference offensive lineman of the week. Senior defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins was named defensive lineman of the week and true freshman cornerback Brandon Facyson earned co-rookie of the week honors.