Former Alabama QB Jake Coker said Tuesday that he suffered a fairly significant injury before the 2015 season began.
Coker appeared on WNSP 105.5 FM in Alabama and said he broke his right big toe in August.
"I broke my big right toe in August, and I had two big screws put in it right after I broke it," Coker said via Al.com. "Finally, I got them out on Friday. I'm dealing with that right now. I'm headed out to go work out with David Morrisright now, so it's not slowing me down too much."
He downplayed the injury too.
"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 improved as the season went on and Alabama won the College Football Playoff over Clemson. While his growing comfort in the Alabama offense was assumed as a likely reason for his improved success, it may also be because he learned to play with the injury.
During Alabama's wins over Michigan State and Clemson in the CFP, Coker was 41-55 for 621 yards and four touchdowns.
"It shows that he's tough," Morris, who is working with Coker to prepare for the NFL draft told Al.com. "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."
Coker was not invited to the NFL combine. If he's drafted, he's expected to be a late round pick. Until AJ McCarron won with the Bengals late in the 2015 season, an Alabama quarterback had not won an NFL game since 1987.
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