Ranking Alabama football starting quarterbacks under Nick Saban

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Alabama football QB, Jake Coker
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No. 5 – Jacob Coker

The Mobile, Alabama native led Alabama football to an SEC Championship and a national title against Clemson in 2015 in his only season as the starter. Jake Coker passed for 3,110 yards with 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

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After serving as the backup to Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston at Florida State, Jake Coker decided to return home. In 2014, he did not start and was the back up to senior Blake Sims. The following year after two games, he was not officially named as the starter. As Alabama fell behind to Ole Miss in the third game, Coker almost single handily delivered a comeback victory for the Tide leading to him becoming the starter over Cooper Bateman.

His inspiration play in the Ole Miss contest cemented him as the starter for the rest of the season. Coker’s best game was in the College Football Playoff against Michigan State as he finished 25 of 30 for 286 yards and two touchdowns leading the team to a 38-0 victory. The senior followed up with 335 yards and two touchdowns in the CFP championship.