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'Bama opener helping Hokies' off-season

Published On: Jun 26 2013 09:26:05 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 26 2013 11:49:07 PM EDT

Virginia Tech opens the season Aug. 31 in Atlanta against defending national champion Alabama.

BRISTOL, Va. -

Virginia Tech opens the season Aug. 31 in Atlanta against defending national champion Alabama.

Hokies' head coach Frank Beamer tells News 5 WCYB that preparation for a team like Alabama has helped off-season workouts.

"It's one of the pluses, playing a team like Alabama," Beamer said.

"Off-season workouts are good. The preseason workouts are good."

Beamer also believes quarterback Logan Thomas will continue to improve when the offense gels around him.

"I think things around him need to step up. I think if we play more consistent around Logan he's going to be just fine."

Virginia Tech is trying to improve on its 7-6 record from last season.