Jacob Coker is the best quarterback of the Nick Saban era, according to Florida State Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher. And Coker hasn’t even lobbed a pass for Alabama – yet.
According to an interview with TideSports managing editor D.C. Reeves, there’s no question who the starter should be when the Crimson Tide open their season against West Virginia.
“Including what they’ve had, he’s much more talented than anything they’ve had,” Fisher said. “I don’t mean to discredit the previous guys, they were all great. But this guy is extremely talented. Arm and mind.”
Fisher went on to say that Coker has all the tools a head coach wants in his signal caller. Calling him “a tremendous human being,” Fisher said that he is gifted with a mind for the game, a tireless work ethic and a cannon arm.
He also praised Coker’s running ability and his physicality, saying, “He likes contact, he’s not a guy who backs off. Just extremely tough and competitive.”
Fisher said that Coker will have no trouble learning Lane Kiffin’s offernse. He also credits Coker with a depth and breadth of experience that no other QB can have in this situation, due to his having been with FSU for three years before transferring to Alabama.
“His knowledge of the game will be so much above those type guys it’s ridiculous. It’s not even close to the same. Jake understands protections, how to slide Mikes (middle linebackers), how to hot (throw hot routes), how to sight, he gets all of that where those (younger) players wouldn’t have a clue on that stuff.”