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Miami is coming off a much-hyped 41-14 loss to No. 3 Florida State and its sensational freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, and facing Thomas and the Hokies next made getting back to work imperative.

“He’s a heck of a player. He’s got a big arm. He’s a run threat, he’s hard to tackle. Very experienced,” defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio said. “… It’s going to be a tremendous challenge.”

Thomas hopes to challenge the Hurricanes plenty, and get the Hokies back to winning.

“The frustrating part about of the past two games is they’ve ended in losses, really, for me,” he said. “Yeah, of course you want to correct the interceptions, the fumbles, whatever. Turnovers in general. We’ve just got to keep playing.”