Alabama knows all about the Logan Thomas the Crimson Tide can see on game film.
They have watched the 6-foot-6, 254-pound Virginia Tech quarterback throw breathtaking deep balls and run over linebackers. Alabama also has seen Thomas overthrow open receivers, turnovers that lead to points.
Thomas hopes to show them a more refined version of his skills on Saturday in Atlanta.
The senior spent the spring getting intensive coaching on mechanics from new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler. Thomas spent the summer leading more workouts with his teammates than he ever has, all with a goal of avoiding a repeat of last season's 7-6 struggle.
His final season starts with what he said is the biggest game of his career.
''I would say it is, just because it's the start of my final season and we're playing against the back-to-back champions,'' Thomas said this week. ''We're playing against the No. 1 team in the country. It's my first time doing that. Obviously they're the team to beat. They...