Hokies have holes to fill

PINEHURST, N.C. - When Clemson visits Blacksburg on Oct. 1 for a date with Virginia Tech, it will be the Hokies' first conference game of 2011.

By then, redshirt sophomore quarterback Logan Thomas should have four starts under his belt.

"I think, the best thing for Logan is to have experienced offensive line with him…it's a good group. They want to be good," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said at the ACC Football Kickoff earlier this week. "Having David Wilson in the backfield, then having a good receiving group, I think that's the best thing. I think Logan is going to be fine."

Thomas is expected to replace Virginia Tech's all-time leading passer, Tyrod Taylor.

Beamer cited a 24-yard pass on a third-and-16 last season against Miami as a reason to be confident in what Thomas will bring to the table as Taylor's replacement.

"He [came] in cold. It kind of says, hey, this guy answered the bell," Beamer said. "Sometimes, I think he kind of looks forward to that."

Virginia Tech must also replace its top two rushers from a year ago in Ryan Williams and Darren Evans.

Clemson hasn't faced Virginia Tech since 2007, and hasn't been to Blacksburg since 2006.

Surprisingly, Clemson has a 17-12-1 lead in the series with Virginia Tech, including a 6-3 advantage in games played in Blacksburg, and a 4-2 lead in games played in Lane Stadium.

However, Clemson's last victory in the series took place in 1989 in Blacksburg, as the seventh-ranked Tigers defeated Tech 27- 7.

Virginia Tech returns 13 starters overall from last year's ACC Championship squad.

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