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Hokies QB Thomas says he'll return for senior year

Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas is returning for his senior season.

The 6-foot-6 redshirt junior told the Hokies coaching staff Tuesday, the final day to declare for the draft.

Thomas has started the past 27 games for Virginia Tech, passing for 6,096 yards and 37 touchdowns while running for 1,015 yards and 20 scores. He will enter his redshirt season year third in both career passing yards for the Hokies — 901 behind Tyrod Taylor's record of 7,017 yards — and in career total offense — 2,102 behind Taylor's record of 9,213 yards.

Thomas graduated in December with a degree in human development.

"I'm deciding to come back to Tech to better myself and this team for the future," Thomas said in a statement released by the school. "I'm looking forward to what this upcoming season holds. The NFL has always been a goal of mine, but the NFL will always be there while college is only a five-year experience that you can't get back."

Thomas had said before the Russell Athletic Bowl that his decision would be "up in the air" even if the NFL draft advisory board suggested he could be a first-round draft choice.

Some early draft projections had him ranked highly among quarterbacks because of his size and running ability, which have drawn comparisons to Cam Newton.

Arizona: Coach Rich Rodriguez has added veteran college and NFL assistant Jim Michalczik to his staff as offensive line coach. Michalczik won a national title with Miami in 1991 as defensive line coach.

Arkansas: The team hired former quarterback Barry Lunney Jr. as tight ends coach. Lunney played for the Razorbacks from 1992-95, leading the school to the SEC Championship Game in 1995 where they lost to Florida. He served as the Bentonville (Ark.) High School offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach the past eight years — winning a pair of state championships. Also, receivers coach George McDonald resigned.

Oregon State: Coach Mike Riley promoted assistant head coach Jay Locey to chief of staff and graduate assistant Trent Bray to linebackers coach.

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