Not the same Logan Thomas

When Logan Thomas dreamed dreams of football glory, he was catching touchdown passes, not throwing them.

Out of Brookville High School (Lynchburg, Va.) in 2009, Thomas was rated five-stars by Scout.com and ranked the No. 2 tight end in the country.

He arrived to Blacksburg with his sights set on tight end, but it wasn't long before he was moved to quarterback.

"It's been quite an adjustment. Because I mean, growing up you always pictured yourself as something different. I pictured myself as a receiver catching a football. And so when I got here, just it was shell shock when I found out I was playing quarterback," Thomas said. "I think it was for the best. And I thoroughly enjoy it now."

The 6-foot-6, 254-pound signal caller has completed 193 of 319 passes for 2,525 yards with 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions this year.

But those numbers haven't come without questions.

Against Clemson back on Oct. 1, Thomas had one of his least productive games of the season. He connected on 15 of 27 throws for 125 yards with an interception and was sacked four times.

The Tigers crowded the line of scrimmage throughout the game, and even when Thomas had time to throw, he was unable to find open receivers down field.

It was an eye-opening experience for the former tight end turned quarterback.

"Coach [Mike] O'Cain just called me into his office on Monday after the game was just like, 'Hey, keep your head up. You're still our quarterback. We have no doubts in you. You're going to be a great one' And it was definitely good to hear that from my coach," Thomas said.

Indeed.

Since that night, he's thrown 14 touchdowns to just two interceptions and scored nine times on the ground.

He's made better decisions, both running and throwing, and seems more in-control of the offense as Tech has rolled up seven straight wins.

"I would say what I learned that day would be don't try and play outside yourself," Thomas said. "You can't be the person that played before you. You can't be the person you look up to in the pros or whatever. You just got to go out there and be yourself.

"I kind of recognized that after the game. And I think it's helped me in the long run just to get by some of the mental stuff I've had to get by. But as a player, outside of that, I'd say that just being more confident and calm and knowing where to go with the football and knowing when to tuck and run when I need to."

And he'll carry that new-found confidence into Saturday's ACC Championship Game in the much-anticipated rematch against the only team that beat him this year.

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