When Virginia Tech stepped on the field for Monday's first practice, they hoped to erase all questions of last years 7-6 season.
But as the season nears, the Hokies feel not all was lost last year, in fact, they all learned a thing or two. "I think how we ended makes a great statement from last year as we didn't give up when things didn't look good," said Head Coach Frank Beamer. "We gave effort at Boston College and the last two ball games."
Now as the players suit up, smile and begin the journey towards an ACC Champioinship, they have a new attitude that is based on hard work and tradition. "It's one of the best programs in America. Any time you win ten ball games, eight straight years. No one in the country has done that. Alabama hasn't done that, Georgia hasn't done that, Michigan, Ohio State," added first-year Offensive Coordinator Scot Loeffler.
Loeffler in the meantime has been helping further the development of quarterback Logan Thomas who returned to Blacksburg this season for his senior year with a more aggressive attitude and game plan. "I just kind of realized it's time to step up," said Thomas. "Obviously I think Scot was extra motivation to start doing it. I wouldn't say I never did have it in me until he showed up. But he's someone that kick started the whole thing."
As the days tick closer to the end of the month, the season approaches faster and the Hokies will need to be ready for Alabama at the Georgia Dome August 31st.