As if the expectations for Florida State transfer Jacob Coker weren’t already high at Alabama, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher just added to the hype by calling Coker the best quarterback in coach Nick Saban’s tenure.
During an interview with TideSports.com, Fisher had nothing but praise for Coker, who left the Seminoles program following the BCS National Championship. Coker was in a heated competition with Jameis Winston at the beginning of the 2013 season, but lost out to the redshirt freshman, who went on to win the Heisman Trophy and lead the Seminoles to an undefeated season.
Coker graduated from Florida State, which, per NCAA rules, means he can play for another program immediately, and opted to transfer for more playing time, filling a void at Alabama left by AJ McCarron’s graduation.
“Including what they've had, he's much more talented than anything they've had,” Fisher told the Rivals website. “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.
“We could have been right there in the same position last year with him, I really believe that. You just had to make a choice. If he had played, got his reps and got in that role, we would have done extremely well. I'm a Jacob Coker fan.”
Claiming Coker, who played sparingly at Florida State, as the best quarterback in Saban’s Alabama tenure is high praise considering each of Saban’s quarterbacks — John Parker Wilson, Greg McElroy and AJ McCarron — led the program to SEC title games and McElroy and McCarron both won national titles.
Still, Alabama fans have to be encouraged by what they’re hearing even if Saban hasn’t officially named Coker his 2014 starter yet.
“He's a very good person. He's a team guy, he's a tremendous human being, you want him to be your son,” Fisher said. “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.
“The other thing, you don't realize how athletic he is. He can run. He's a heavy runner, and what I mean by that is he is a physical guy, he likes contact, he's not a guy who backs off. Just extremely tough and competitive. He has all the tools.”
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