Having barely lost out to eventual Heisman winner Jameis Winston before the 2013 season, new Alabama transfer Jacob Coker entered the program with high levels of expectations. Fans and media alike considered Coker the favorite to win Alabama’s quarterback competition well before he even stepped foot on campus. Now, thanks to Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, Coker may have even bigger shoes to fill.
When discussing his former player with TideSports.com, Fisher had nothing but compliments, even intimating that Coker may be the most talented quarterback during the Nick Saban Era.
Including what they’ve had, he’s much more talented than anything they’ve had. I don’t mean to discredit the previous guys, they were all great. But this guy is extremely talented. Arm and mind. He’s a backup because he’s behind the best quarterback in America. (Coker) may have been one of the top three or four quarterbacks in America physically.
Beyond his athletic abilities, Fisher also raved about Coker’s off-the-field demeanor. Alabama fans who became accustomed to the saintly nature of AJ McCarron can look forward to another steward of the program.
First of all, he’s a very good person. He’s a team guy, he’s a tremendous human being, you want him to be your son. He works hard, does his due diligence, you can’t work him enough. He’s ‘yes sir, no sir,’ everything for the team. And then he’s gifted with a tremendous arm, he’s a very intelligent guy and learns well.
As for a learning curve, Fisher believes it will be minimal. Other than adjusting to new terminology, he sees Coker stepping right into the starting role, head and shoulders above less-experienced players.
It’s not even close. His knowledge of the game will be so much above those type guys it’s ridiculous. It’s not even close to the same. Jake understands protections, how to slide Mikes (middle linebackers), how to hot (throw hot routes), how to sight, he gets all of that where those (younger) players wouldn’t have a clue on that stuff.
If Coker turns out to be even half the quarterback his former coach has talked him up to be, the Crimson Tide will not merely have a placeholder under center, but a playmaker who can put the team on his shoulders when needed.