Alabama’s wild card arrived on campus Monday in time for the summer interim session. Jacob Coker recently graduated from Florida State, allowing him to be eligible immediately for the 2014 season.
Does Coker face the most pressure of any quarterback in the conference? Is he the conference’s most interesting player? Is he as good as advertised?
Questions are being asked, and the answers will only come this fall.
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But for the first time ever, summer workouts will be mandatory and not optional, and that’ll benefit Coker, Lane Kiffin and Alabama’s offense tremendously as he gets adjusted to the Tide’s offense. Usually strength and conditioning coaches only get to be with the team; now, the coaching staff gets to spend quality and developmental time with players without breaking any NCAA rules.
While on his Crimson Caravan, Nick Saban said he met with Coker this week, who is currently rehabbing his surgically repaired knee after he tore his meniscus last season, but Saban alluded to no issues or problems with his recovery.
“He’s got plenty of time to sort of try to get adjusted,” Saban said before his Crimson Caravan stop. “I think the big thing is that our plan is that he can just stay focused on what he needs to do to be a good player. He needs to be himself and play quarterback the way he can play it.
“If he can do a good job of executing his offense, I think we’ve got good enough players around him that we can help him be successful and he can help us be successful.”
Is Alabama putting all of its eggs in one basket with Coker? Following Blake Sims’ uninspired 13 of 30 spring game, the Tide may not have a choice.
As Saban indicates, Coker just needs to effectively execute the offense and not try to do too much. The skill positions are loaded at running back and receiver, and the offensive line should continue to gel over the summer and throughout fall camp. Really, everything is in place for Coker to have a smooth transition.
Saban, Kiffin and Coker will be one of the SEC’s hottest storylines to watch during August and September.
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