Virginia Tech -- A Closer Look

The Hurricanes play host to Virginia Tech Saturday night in a very important Coastal Division game. Read on for a closer look at the Hokies.

Logan Thomas leads the way on the offensive side of the football. With loads of experience coming into the season, Thomas had to live up to high expectations in 2013. It hasn't happened -- at least not yet. Through nine games Thomas is completing just 55-percent of his passes. He's also thrown more interceptions (12) than touchdowns (11). He's always been up and down, so you never know which version will show up. One thing he's always done well is take off and run when the play breaks down. With over 400 rushing yards on the season, Thomas will definitely present the biggest challenge of Miami's season so far in terms of an opposing quarterback being able to run.

Trey Edmunds is the primary ball carrier. He has 91 more carries than the next closest Hokie running back. Edmunds has 471 yards on the season but is averaging just 3.6 yards per carry. He also has 92 yards receiving.

The Hokies use three primary players at the wide receiver position -- Joshua Stanford (#5; 27-455-0), Demitri Knowles (#80; 35-450-2), and Willie Byrn (#82; 34-424-1). All three have over 30 catches on the season but only three touchdowns combined. Kalvin Cline and D.J. Coles are two active tight ends, with 20 and 16 receptions respectively.

The offensive line has struggled in establishing the line of scrimmage, as Hokie running backs are averaging just over three yards per carry this season. They have, however, pass protected well. They've allowed just 16 sacks in nine games, although the quarterback's ability to scramble has helped.

James Gayle and J.R. Collins form one of the best pass rushing defensive end tandems in the entire league. They've combined for 43 quarterback hurries and eight sacks so far this season. Derrick Hopkins and Luther Maddy lack ideal size in the middle but they're extremely active and make a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage. This will be one of the best defensive lines Miami plays against all season.

The group of linebackers is led by Jack Tyler in the middle. He's their most active player there with 74 spots on the season.

The secondary has been very good all season, and now they get back their top player in cornerback Antone Exum. He's played in just two games this season because of injury but will be in the starting lineup Saturday night.

43-percent of Mitchell Ludgiw's kickoffs have gone for touchbacks this season. A.J. Hughes is averaging 45 yards per punt on the season. Cody Journell is 10-of-16 on field goals with a long of 56. Their return game has been average but their kick/punt game has been outstanding all season.

The Hokie offense has been hurt by a high number of turnovers all season, and they rank 106th nationally in third down conversions. It's an offense that lacks big play guys and has not been efficient all season.

Defensively, they're loaded with experience and quality players. They've been excellent across the board all season. The Hokies are 3rd nationally in total defense, 5th in third down defense, 9th in sacks, and 18th in turnovers created. They've been every bit as good as Florida and Florida State on defense this season.

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