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Jacob Coker | Quarterback

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 230

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Alabama HC Nick Saban indicated that playing two quarterbacks in the team's season-opening game against Wisconsin is a possibility.
"I'm not saying we're going to do this or that we even want to do this, but we may play more than one guy in the first game," said Saban, who has probably become increasingly tired of these questions. Jacob Coker, Cooper Bateman and Alec Morris have all been taking heavy reps this week. Saban summed up his philosophy thusly: "I think you can name a guy. But if we named a guy and then that guy wasn't the best performer and then we had to unname him, what good does that do?" For reference's sake, Blake Sims wasn't named the Crimson Tide's starting quarterback until the day of last season's opener. Aug 27 - 9:31 PM

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Alabama senior QB Jacob Coker (foot) was seen running and throwing well in practice on Thursday.

Coker's foot injury kept him from practicing for a few days, but it looks like he's back up to speed now. Beat writer Michael Casagrande wrote that the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder threw the deep ball "effortlessly." The senior is the odds-on favorite to win the starting job, with David Cornwell and five-star freshman Blake Barnett also attempting a push toward the role.
Aug 20 - 5:54 PM

Alabama senior QB Jacob Coker (foot) threw on the field on Wednesday.

Coker's not officially "back" to practice yet, but it certainly seems like he's close. He worked out with a trainer on the sideline on Tuesday and threw the ball on Wednesday. Said head coach Nick Saban after Wednesday's practice, "We don't expect [Coker] to be out another day or two." Coker, Blake Barnett and David Cornwell are in competition for the Crimson Tide starting job.
Aug 19 - 7:29 PM

Alabama senior QB Jacob Coker (foot) exercised on the sidelines during Tuesday's practice.

Coker, the likely favorite to start for the Crimson Tide this season, stretched and did some light exercise and throwing on Tuesday. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound senior is expected to miss a few days with the foot injury. He hasn't won the job quite yet, with Blake Barnett and David Cornwell both also in contention to start. Should Coker win the job and impress scouts, it's possible that he could be a Day 3 selection in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Aug 18 - 5:19 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban said senior QB Jacob Coker is dealing with a minor foot injury and will be kept out of practice.

Many crowned Coker the favorite to start for Alabama this season, as they did last year. However, they quarterback job remains wide open. Blake Barnett and David Cornwell are also competing for that spot. Coker is expected to make a full recovery in "several" days.
Aug 17 - 1:18 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban told reporters that he’s not positive the Tide will be a no-huddle offense this fall.

"Offense will fit QB’s strengths," Alex Scarborough summarized. This is obviously the correct stance to take and it goes to show both why Saban is an elite coach and that Lane Kiffin is willing to tailor his system to the talent, and not vice-versa (neither fact is a new discovery). Coker is competing with Blake Barnett and David Cornwell for the job. While Coker was the early favorite, Cornwell has heavy, heavy steam behind his name right now. Coker is a Day 3 draft candidate if he wins the job, but his draft dreams may go up in smoke if he doesn't.
Aug 16 - 12:08 PM

Alabama redshirt senior QB Jacob Coker "has shown mobility and arm strength to be a solid NFL backup/spot starter in the T.J. Yates mold," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"Yes, I know Coker hasn't won the starting job for the Crimson Tide as of this writing," Reuter wrote. "His lack of experience will be a strike against him in some scouts' eyes." While the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Coker has played in only 17 games (no starts) between Florida State and Alabama, Reuter believes he could quickly hop onto the Day 3 line. "If he has a solid season as a starter for Nick Saban this year, Coker should land at least a fifth-round draft slot (Yates was a fifth-rounder); he could go much higher if he lights up the scoreboard this season," Reuter wrote.
Aug 8 - 1:12 AM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff notes that "some feel" redshirt freshman David Cornwell could take the QB job from redshirt senior Jacob Coker.

"Coker has made strides -- taking most of the first-team reps this spring -- but clearly they haven't been big enough. Redshirt freshman David Cornwell had a decent spring and looks physically ready to play some SEC ball. While he and Coker both struggled in the spring game, some feel Cornwell could take this job, though Saban isn't tipping his hand at this point," Aschoff wrote. While the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Coker has the ideal size and arm talent for the next level, he'll have to prove that he is the man for the job, before Saban hands over the keys to the offense. Coker is also competing with junior Alec Morris and freshman Blake Barnett.
Source: ESPN
Jul 29 - 3:16 PM

Alabama coach Nick Saban states that redshirt senior Jacob Coker has "made a tremendous amount of improvement" this off-season.

"Jake Coker has done an outstanding job for us," coach Nick Saban said Wednesday at SEC Media Days. "I think he's made a tremendous amount of improvement. I think that a better understanding, better knowledge of the system, better knowledge of what we expect [and] what's expected of him in our offense are all things that have contributed to his confidence and his performance level. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Coker is the favorite to win the job as the Crimson Tide's signal caller, however, he is competing with David Cornwell, Alec Morris and freshman Blake Barnett.
Jul 15 - 2:28 PM's Edward Aschoff notes that redshirt junior Jacob Coker "still hasn't taken the starting spot, despite being more comfortable with Kiffin's offense."

"Months later -- and with Sims long gone -- Coker still hasn't taken the starting spot, despite being more comfortable with Kiffin's offense. For a team that will no doubt get votes to win the SEC this fall, Alabama has a potential roadblock at quarterback," Aschoff wrote. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Coker has the ideal size and arm talent for the next level, however, he'll have to figure out how to put it all together and showcase that on the big stage. Coker is currently competing with David Cornwell, Alec Morris and freshman Blake Barnett to be the Crimson Tides signal caller.
Jun 15 - 2:49 PM

Alabama coach Nick Saban said Monday that the team still hasn't decided between redshirt junior Jacob Coker or fifth-year senior Blake Sims as starting quarterback.

The pair have been listed as co-starters, and Saban has hinted he'll play both. "You've got a starting pitcher, doesn't necessarily mean he is going to go nine innings," Saban said. Sims couldn't beat out AJ McCarron in three consecutive years, and many have called Coker a superior prospect to McCarron, so what's going on here? "Word around UA's fall camp is that Coker's arm is everything [Jimbo] Fisher has touted it to be, but that he has been slow to recognize open receivers at times, and absorbing the Alabama system hasn't been easy for him,"'s Chase Goodbread reported. "As a fifth-year senior, it's to be expected that Sims would be far advanced over Coker in understanding what Nick Saban asks of his quarterbacks -- and a new offensive coordinator in Lane Kiffin doesn't change that situation. Yet, sources within the program have told College Football 24/7 that Coker has shown in practice that he can make some throws that Sims simply can't."
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 08:22:00 PM

Alabama redshirt junior QB Jacob Coker was named ESPN's No. 1 breakout candidate.

Coker attempted only 36 passes last year at Florida State before transferring out of Jameis Winston's shadow. Now, he's the point man for a fellow championship contender. "He can be the best," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher, Nick Saban's former offensive coordinator at LSU, said last week. "He's talented. He's driven. He has all the tools. ... I don't say all that to put pressure on him. That's how much I think of him." Coker has NFL size and physical tools, standing 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds and wielding a high-octane right arm. With a ridiculously deep stable of running backs and Amari Cooper on the outside, Coker is a darkhorse Heisman candidate.
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 02:51:00 PM

Alabama coach Nick Saban declined to name a starting QB at the SEC media days.

Fans and the media long ago anointed Jacob Coker as starter. Not so, claims Saban. At least not yet. "That's really not internally the perception by me, our staff or our players," Saban said. "Jake Coker has the opportunity to come in and compete for the position. Blake Sims has been competing for the position. He really did a pretty good job in the spring. He didn't play great in the spring game, but we really didn't do the things that he's capable of doing." Coker, a transfer from Florida State, has NFL size and pro physical tools, standing 6-foot-5 and 230 pound and wielding a high-octane right arm. "He's probably the best I've seen in 25 years at throwing it," FSU QB coach Randy Sanders said earlier this year. We don't blame Saban for attempting to manufacture competition, but it would be a huge upset if Coker didn't win the job.
Sat, Jul 19, 2014 06:09:00 PM

FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher believes Alabama redshirt junior QB Jacob Coker is "much more talented than anything they've had" at the position.

"I don't mean to discredit the previous guys, they were all great. But this guy is extremely talented. Arm and mind," Fisher added. Coker was the Seminoles backup quarterback in 2013 and saw plenty of second half duty, until he tore a meniscus in November. Coker has not been officially named Alabama's starting quarterback, but those close to the program seem to believe it is a forgone conclusion.
Source: Tide Sports
Mon, Jun 9, 2014 01:53:00 PM

On the Afternoon Sports Drive on WNSP-FM 105.5 in Mobile, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher stated that he believes redshirt junior QB Jacob Coker "will be a very high draft pick" in the NFL.

"Jacob Coker is an outstanding young man, first and foremost, He's a tremendous human being. As an athlete, he is a tremendous player. I think he is going to be a very high draft pick in the NFL. He has that type of potential," Fisher told WNSP. The Crimson Tide prospect has spent most of his college career waiting for an opportunity to showcase his talents. Now that Coker has transferred, the strong-armed, mobile quarterback still must compete with the quarterbacks on the roster who went through spring practice, in Blake Sims and Cooper Bateman.
Thu, May 29, 2014 04:09:00 PM