Early Preview: Virginia Tech

The start of the college football season is less than a month away so lets take an early look at Miami's 2012 opponents. Today, we look at Virginia Tech.

2011 Season: 11-3 (beat Miami, 38-25)

The Quarterback: Logan Thomas. At 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, Thomas is a load at the quarterback position. He is one of the better passers in the league, and finished last season with 3,013 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. He's also one of the top running threats among quarterbacks, and gained close to 400 yards and 11 scores on the ground a season ago. He ended his first season as a starter on a good note, throwing for eight touchdowns and running for five over the final five games of the season.

Best Offensive Player: Thomas is, far and away, their best offensive player. David Wilson was a first round pick and is now a running back with the New York Giants. The top two pass-catchers, Danny Coale and Jarrett Boykin, graduated and moved on. Marcus Davis is the top receiving target coming back. At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, the senior is built almost like a tight end but has tremendous receiving skills. He finished last season with 30 catches for 510 yards and five scores and will now be the go-to receiver in this offense.

Top Defensive Player: Kyle Fuller. At 6-feet and 195 pounds, Fuller is a big, strong, and physical cornerback for the Hokies. He's very good in run support and very good in coverage. They use him up near the line of scrimmage a lot and he made 14 stops, including 4.5 sacks, behind the line of scrimmage. With Jayron Hosley gone now, Fuller will also be Tech's top cover guy. He's a a big play artist, who also had a punt return for a touchdown on just two tries a season ago. He's one of the top defensive backs in the league.

2012 Outlook: The Hokies lost a lot of quality players. Three of their top four offensive weapons are gone and will be tough to replace -- especially Wilson, who was widely considered the best running back in the league last season. They will need a huge season from Thomas to have similar production on offense. They're always good on defense and were again a top ten unit a year ago. Several key players from that unit return so the Hokies should again be tough to score on -- even though the Canes scored 35 on them in their place and they gave up 61 points over their final two games of the season (to Clemson and Michigan). They will again be in the hunt for a league title.

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