Do not question Jake Coker’s toughness or ability to play through pain.

According to’s Mark Heim, the former Alabama quarterback says he played the entire 2015 season with a broken toe on his right foot. He held his pro day last Wednesday and wrapped up the week by having surgery.

“I broke my big right toe in August, and I had two big screws put in it right after I broke it,” Coker said. “Finally, I got them out on Friday. I’m dealing with that right now. I’m headed out to go work out with (QB Country’s) David Morris right now, so it’s not slowing me down too much.”

This is, of course, the norm in Tuscaloosa.


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“It was good,” he said. “At Alabama, they know how to do all that stuff, so it wasn’t that big of a deal.”

Coker finished his senior season 263-of-393 (66.9 percent) with 3,110 yards, 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions, leading the Crimson Tide to a 14-1 (7-1) record and the program’s fourth college football national championship in seven years.

Needless to say, the injury didn’t prevent him from having a stellar final season before testing the NFL ranks.

“It shows that he’s tough,” said QB Country’s David Morris. “That’s his plant foot. The big toe is the most important toe or region of your foot as silly as it sounds. You change momentum with it. It shows how tough he is. It shows how bad he wanted to play.

“Even when the toe healed the screws were still protruding out of the bone into the skin which would, obviously, aggravate the foot or the toe. It’s like a big blister on the side of his foot. It has to influence you, but it shows how tough he is. It re-iterated that toughness.”