If you were putting together a prototypical college quarterback on paper you couldn't do much better than Jacob Coker.
He's 6-6 235, and he looks every bit the part. He has a Howitzer attached at the shoulder. He has above-average mobility, enough so that as a high school junior he piloted a Wing-T offense from the quarterback position.
In high school Jacob Coker replaced reigning national championship quarterback AJ McCarron at the helm.
It's hard to put together a better paper resume than Jacob Coker. Heading into his third season in the program Coker has a chance to win the starting quarterback job, but it'll require more than just good references. He's going to have to win it on the field.
“I just need to play harder and do better than everybody else," said Coker. "That’s what I’ve got to do.”
Easier said than done. Coker is up against some pretty staunch competition.
“The three other guys do everything really well, they can read defenses, they make the throws, they can do all of it," he said. "So I’ve got to do the same and just make myself better in every way.”
Coker threw just five passes last year in his redshirt freshman season. He was 4-5 for 45 yards and a touchdown as Florida State's third-string quarterback. Despite that, he is still the second most experience quarterback on the Seminoles' roster.
"Sitting there for two years was tough," said Coker. "But it made me hungrier."
But, now in his third year under Fisher in the Florida State offense, Coker feels like things are really beginning to come together upstairs.
“It’s definitely gradual, I mean it took me a good while and last year during the season is when it really started clicking and making sense,' added Coker. "It’s just knowing what the routes are even out of different formations, and that’s where you’ve got to know the concepts. It changes based on where people are lined up and that’s the main thing.”
Coker is in an interesting position in the quarterback battle. Like Jameis Winston, he was recruited out of Alabama by Dameyune Craig who departed for Auburn this past Winter. The redshirt sophomore has a higher athletic ceiling than the leader heading into the Spring, Clint Trickett, but has battled injuries during camp and may have fallen behind Jameis Winston.
If Coker doesn't win the job, there's a possibility he could follow Craig to Auburn where he could potentially still have two years of eligibility as the Tigers' starting quarterback.
There's a very good chance somebody is going to transfer after this QB battle plays out, especially if an opportunity to play elsewhere is available. Of the four, Coker has the highest likelihood of going should he lose.
For now though, the Seminoles coaching staff maintains this is a four-man race and Coker is still a viable option as the starter.
Things should be clearer by the Garnet and Gold game.
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