Alabama Team News

Coker: ‘I’m just going to go out there and be myself’

Jake Coker

MOBILE, Ala. — Jake Coker is one of three SEC quarterbacks on the South team this week for the 2016 Senior Bowl. The national-champion quarterback is trying to prove that he can bring those winning ways from Alabama to the NFL.

He is getting the chance this week to work with the Jacksonville Jaguars’ coaching staff, most specifically with offensive coordinator Greg Olson and quarterback coach Nathaniel Hackett. He’s splitting reps on the South team with Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott, Arkansas’ Brandon Allen of Arkansas and North Carolina State’s Jacoby Brissett.

Coker was just a one-year starter as a collegian, but he was 14-0 with the Tide this past season (Cooper Bateman started the loss to Ole Miss) and, of course, led Alabama to the national title.

Coker appears to be a third-day pick. His size (6 feet 5, 236 pounds) and experience in a pro-style offense (at Alabama and at Florida State) are big selling points.

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