Even the best quarterbacks agree that succeeding at the position requires an almost unhealthy amount of confidence.
But ever since his breakout season in 2011, Logan Thomas has been one unconfident quarterback.
That all started to change against East Carolina.
In his first two games this season, Thomas completed just 22 of 57 passes for 259 yards and a lone touchdown.
On Saturday, he managed to eclipse nearly all of those numbers, completing 25 passes for 258 yards and two scores.
Those aren’t exactly mind-blowing stats, but they’re a positive sign for a quarterback that has desperately needed something to get excited about recently.
“Everything was clicking,” Thomas said. “I felt comfortable all day long. I was able to just throw it around the yard.”
This comfort level is something that’s been sorely lacking from Thomas’ game for the better part of the last year.
But now, he’s finally started to feel in tune with new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler.
“We were kind of on the same page, I kind of knew what he was going to call,” Thomas said. “At one point in time, I got on the headset, and I knew exactly what his thoughts were for the next coming up possession. That’s how it’s supposed to be, how you’re supposed to understand each other.”
This confidence was especially on display early in the third quarter when he told Loeffler one key phrase.
“I just came to the sideline after our first drive in the third quarter and I said ‘Throw it,’” Thomas said. “That’s all I said to coach and he said the same thing back and I guess from then on we threw the ball the majority of the time and we felt that we had the advantage in the passing game.”
Part of this newfound familiarity stems from Thomas’ growing experience with Loeffler’s system of progressions, the proscribed order in which Thomas has to look for each receiver before delivering the ball.
“We would have progressions (in the old offense), but they weren’t talked about in the same way as we talk about them now,” Thomas said. “They really run the offense, how we throw the football, so I feel a lot more confident and a lot more comfortable in this new way.”
However, he hasn’t worked all the kinks out just yet.
“I think I had two missed progressions,” Thomas said. “It wasn’t anything catastrophic, I’ve just got to keep getting better and keep refining it because the two that I missed could’ve been 10 plus yard plays.”
Thomas also left a little to be desired with his vision. One of his throws late in the fourth quarter was nearly intercepted for a touchdown by ECU’s Montese Overton when he tried to hit running back Chris Mangus.
“I didn’t even see him,” Thomas said. “Apparently he rushed the tackle and then he faded out so I didn’t see him through the tackle, but he made a good play. Thankfully he didn’t make the best play possible.”