Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas is returning for his senior season.
The 6-foot-6 redshirt junior told the Hokies coaching staff on 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. Thomas graduated in December with a degree in human development.
Thomas said he didn’t think he was consistent enough to be a winning NFL quarterback, adding that “I love the university, I love the people here, all my friends are still here, and ... I think I need some work to do.”
Hogs hire former QB Lunney
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas announced Tuesday the hiring of former quarterback Barry Lunney Jr. as the school’s tight ends coach.
Lunney played for the Razorbacks from 1992-95, leading the school to the Southeastern Conference championship game in 1995.
He most recently served as the Bentonville (Ark.) High School offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the last eight years, winning a pair of state championships during that time.
Before his time as a high school assistant, during which he worked under his father, Lunney Jr. had served as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for two seasons at San Jose State.
He also worked as the wide receivers and quarterbacks coach at Tulsa and served as a graduate assistant at Arkansas.
Five recruits enroll at ND
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Quarterback Malik Zaire and offensive lineman Steve Elmer were among five football players who graduated high school early to start classes at Notre Dame.
Tight end Mike Heuerman of Naples, Fla., wide receivers James Onwualu of St. Paul, Minn., and Corey Robinson of San Antonio were the others to enroll Tuesday, eight days after the Fighting Irish lost to Alabama 42-14 in the BCS title game. Zaire is from Trotwood, Ohio, and Elmer is from Midland, Mich.
Signing day is Feb. 6.
Robinson to play at Sr. Bowl
MOBILE, Ala. — Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson will play wide receiver in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 26.
Robinson was a three-year starter at quarterback but injured his right elbow late in the season.
He lined up mostly at running back in the Outback Bowl against South Carolina and rushed for 100 yards on 23 carries.
Riley promotes two staffers
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State coach Mike Riley promoted assistant head coach Jay Locey to chief of staff and graduate assistant Trent Bray to linebackers coach.
Locey will add fundraising, alumni engagement, high school and community relations, player leadership development and team building activities to a list of duties in his new role.