The way Jimbo Fisher sees it, Jacob Coker will be Alabama’s best quarterback in a long time.
Coker graduated in May from FSU and has transferred to Alabama. Coker wasn’t your typical backup, playing behind Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.
Fisher has coached three quarterbacks chosen in the first round of the NFL draft (Jamarcus Russell, Christian Ponder and E.J. Manuel), so he can spot a talented signal-caller. He ranks Coker closer to those three than to any of the three QBs who have started for Saban at Alabama: A.J. McCarron, Greg McElroy and John Parker Wilson. (McCarron was the highest drafted player of the three, in the fifth round.)
In an interview with TideSports.com, Fisher was told that some people believe that a program of Alabama’s stature shouldn’t have to play someone else’s backup quarterback. His reply: “Including what they’ve had, he’s much more talented than anything they’ve had. I don’t mean to discredit the previous guys, they were all great. But this guy is extremely talented. Arm and mind.”
When asked how good Coker can be, Fisher said, “He can beat you with his feet, he can beat you with his arm, he can beat you a lot of ways. He’s the real McCoy, now. He’s an NFL player, I think a high pick. He has a chance to be, without a doubt.”