FSU QB transfer Jacob Coker expected to enroll at Alabama


Jacob Coker and Alabama may be the worst kept secret around the Southeast.

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The former FSU QB was granted his release from the university, and he’s now looking at potential landing spots. Coker, who’s from Mobile, Alabama, hosted an in-home visit with head coach Nick Saban, who’s trying to find AJ McCarron’s successor for 2014.

AL.com reported Coker’s former high school coach said the family would likely take a visit to the school in the near future. ESPN.com reported that Coker is likely to enroll at Alabama.

The 6-5, 230-pound redshirt sophomore Coker and Heisman winner Jameis Winston were neck-and-neck through spring practice and fall camp for the starting job, with Jimbo Fisher ultimately giving the nod to Winston. And the rest is history.

FSU QB coach Randy Sanders raved about Coker to CBSSports.com.

“I’ve never had anybody with his size who throws it as well as he does,” said FSU QB coach Randy Sanders. “Jake has a really quick release with tremendous arm strength. Rarely does it not spiral or not go where he wants it to go.

“A lot of times when you have a quarterback competition, the most valuable player isn’t the guy who wins the job it’s the guy who doesn’t win the job because they have the ability to almost divide a team,” Sanders said. “Jake’s done a great job of supporting Jameis and helping him in any way he can. That’s part of what makes him a special player.”

Coker is on track to graduate in May, and if that does happen, he can play at Alabama immediately this fall.

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Coker would join the quarterback competition that includes rising senior Blake Sims and freshmen Parker McCleod, Alec Morris, Cooper Bateman and David Cornwell.

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  • he is a career backup who lost to ej manuel two years in a row than lost to winston last year now he is coming off of knee surgery and wants to leave FSU because he can’t win the job……….my money is still on Alec Morris

  • Only time will tell about the knee surgery. He does have playing time under his belt. His high light video is impressive, but still I feel a sense of loyalty to the ones who are there now. They’ve red shirted and waited they deserve a shot without the pressure of some hot shot from FSU. If he’s that good why didn’t we go after him out of high school ? Bama may have I don’t know. Either way he wound up at FSU. We’ll see. RTR

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