Thursday, June 13, 2013
FSU Countdown: No. 37 Jacob Coker
By David M. Hale
Throughout the summer, NoleNation will be counting down the 40 players we're projecting to make the biggest impact on the Seminoles' 2013 season, taking into consideration everything from experience to potential to their spot on the current depth chart.
Next up: No. 37 Jacob Coker Position/class: Quarterback/redshirt sophomore
Jacob Coker is the likely second-string quarterback in 2013.
What he's done: For two years, Coker has bided his time on the sidelines, backing up starter EJ Manuel. As a redshirt freshman in 2012, the strong-armed Coker saw his first playing time, but it was extremely limited. He threw five passes, all in FSU's first three games. He completed three, one for a touchdown against Savannah State. Coker was part of a four-man competition for the starting quarterback job this spring, but he was hampered by a broken bone in his foot.
Where he's at: Everyone except Jimbo Fisher seems to have tabbed Jameis Winston as Florida State's starter, which again leaves Coker destined for a job on the bench. Fisher insists the competition remains open, but Winston clearly outplayed Coker this spring and it likely would take a miracle (or an injury) for Coker to win the job in time for the season opener. Still, Coker figures to be completely past the foot injury when fall camp begins, and a little healthy competition can only make both quarterbacks better.
What's to come: Coker's future seemed like the biggest question of the spring once Winston took hold of the top spot on the depth chart, but when Clint Trickett transferred to West Virginia, the picture cleared a bit. Winston is immensely talented, but he likes to run and his arm already has some mileage thanks to a season on the baseball diamond. Add a long history of injuries to the starting quarterbacks at Florida State, and it wouldn't be a surprise if Coker is pressed into action. If he gets on the field, he's more than capable of impressing. In truth, however, Coker's best hope for landing the big job is for Winston to be so successful that he leaves for the NFL after 2014.