For those who believe that Jacob Coker will be Alabama’s starting quarterback in 2014, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban, the man who will make the final decision, has a prepared objection.
While a faction of Tide fans often love to “crown” certain players based on scouting reports and/or prior achievements before arriving at Alabama, Saban relies on practice sessions and the ability to learn the ropes. Talent alone is not good enough for Saban, and that’s a good thing for everyone involved.
In respect to Coker, the 2013 backup to Heisman winner Jameis Winston, officially transferred to Alabama earlier this year after completing his undergraduate degree from Florida State. Having two years of collegiate eligibility remaining, Coker would “appear” to be the ideal pocket-passer for Alabama’s offensive system, thus the “foregone conclusion” that Coker is obviously the man to replace AJ McCarron.
Enter Nick Saban.
While attending the annual SEC spring meetings in Destin, Florida, Saban made it clear that he hasn’t seen Coker throw a football, in person, since Coker was in high school. As a side note, Coker attended St. Paul’s Episcopal in Mobile, Alabama, the same school that produced AJ McCarron.
Granted, Saban is a master when it comes to “coach speak,” so even if he knew, for certain, that Coker was the man for the job, he’s certainly not going to reveal his hand at this early stage.
Per Saban, in respect to preseason camp that will begin in early August, the Alabama head coach wants a true competition at the quarterback position. Wise idea when one considers that competition is what makes everyone better, not only individually, but also as a unit.
With backup quarterback Parker McLeod seeking a transfer, the aforementioned Coker will be joined by Cooper Bateman, David Cornwell, Alec Morris, and Blake Sims, thus forming the group of Crimson Tide quarterbacks who will compete for the starting job this fall.
So, for those willing to crown Jacob Coker at this early stage, simply erase those thoughts, and talk about the heated competition that will begin in August for the coveted starting position. Nick Saban would be quite proud.
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