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Jacob Coker | Quarterback

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

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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," NFL.com'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." Aug 25 - 8:22 PM
Source: NFL.com

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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.
Aug 9 - 2:51 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 19 - 6:09 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
Jun 9 - 1:53 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.
Source: WNSP.com
May 29 - 4:09 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban is not ready to name FSU transfer Jacob Coker as his starting QB.

"Everybody is way ahead of me on that one," Saban said. "I have not seen the guy throw the ball since high school." Coker saw action in a few games last year in garbage time, but media outlets should slow down before noting it is a forgone conclusion that he wins the starting job.
May 27 - 2:53 PM

The "word out of Alabama" is that redshirt junior QB Jacob Coker "has serious potential," writes ESPN's Jeffri Chadiha.

Coker was the most sought after free agent in college football over the winter after he decided to bolt Florida State to get out of Jameis Winston's shadow. He picked the highest profile destination available. "One strong year in the SEC and his name could easily be in the mix" to become a high draft pick, wrote Chadiha. Coker is obviously behind the elite 2015 QB prospect quartet of Winston, Marcus Mariota, Bryce Petty and Brett Hundley, but he's an intriguing prospect to monitor if you're looking for a Blake Bortles-style 2015 leap candidate. "No other pick in the draft is like the quarterback position," an AFC QB coach said. "A coaching staff sinks or swims with that player when he's a first-round pick, so you have to make sure you're getting a guy with the right makeup. But next year's class should be interesting. We'll just have to see which quarterback ends up on top."
Source: ESPN.com
May 15 - 8:38 PM

Alabama coach Nick Saban is hoping to identify the "most consistent guy" in his wide-open starting QB battle.

It's not surprising that Saban's conservative system is searching for another player that fans can refer to pejoratively as a "game manager." It's best to keep in mind, though, that the Crimson Tide's defenses are so strong every year that refusing to accept interceptions is a viable and successful offensive strategy. "Who can be the most consistent guy doing his job well at that position?" Saban asked rhetorically. "Alright, now that’s a critical position because that guy distributes the ball to someone on every down, whether he hands it to them, throws it to them. The choices and decisions that they have to make goes a long way in how effective and efficient your offense runs." Florida State transfer Jacob Coker and AJ McCarron’s primary backup in 2013 Blake Sims are the frontrunners in a competition that also includes Alec Morris, Cooper Bateman, Parker McLeod and David Cornwell.
Source: AL.com
Mar 16 - 4:31 PM

Alabama redshirt junior QB Jacob Coker "seems to be the player to beat in the Tide's race to replace three-year starter AJ McCarron," wrote ESPN's Mark Schlabach.

Schlabach believes that Coker might be "the Tide's biggest recruit," a huge statement when it's attached to the No. 1 class. Coker won't participate in spring practices -- allowing senior Blake Sims and incoming freshman David Cornwell a head start in the competition -- but he's eligible to play in 2014 and retains two seasons of eligibility.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 10 - 6:06 PM

Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jacob Coker has been released from his scholarship and will transfer to Alabama.

Coker tore the meniscus in his knee while playing in garbage time back in November. Since he was stuck behind Jameis Winston for at least one more season, Coker became the most sought after free agent in college football. He will be eligible to play immediately since Coker is pursuing a graduate degree.
Source: ESPN
Jan 23 - 11:48 AM

Florida State sophomore QB Jacob Coker is out indefinitely due to a meniscus tear.

He'll undergo surgery. Coker suffered his injury in mopup duty during Saturday's 59-3 demolition of Wake Forest. More should be known about the sophomore's availability after his surgery on Tuesday. "It could be a week, two weeks," Fisher said. "We'll have to wait until they get in there, because it could be five or six." Redshirt freshman Sean Maguire will assume backup duties to Jameis Winston.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 07:29:00 PM