Jake Coker: Still alive in the QB Battle"> Nick Saban "encouraged" with Jake Coker's progress
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Jake Coker: Still alive in the QB Battle

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Alabama head coach Nick Saban still has confidence in senior quarterback Jake Coker.

He’s been training with quarterback coach David Morris in Mobile, Ala., all offseason, and Saban said “he’s tremendously improved.”

“Jake Coker has done an outstanding job for us,” Saban said. “I think that a better understanding, better knowledge of the system, better knowledge of what we expect of him in our offense are all thngs that have contributed to his confidence and performance level.”

Coker, 6-foot-5, 232 pounds, transferred to Alabama from Florida State in May 2014. He saw action in seven games last season, totaling 403 passing yards with four touchdowns on a 64.4 percent completion rating. Saban said Alabama is encouraged by all the things he’s done.

“We just want to see him continue to develop the kind of consistency to make the kind of decisions and judgments to process the information quickly and make quick decisions that allows him to play winning football at his position,” Saban said.

Coker’s performance in Alabama’s spring game was decent. He completed 14 of 28 pass attempts for 183 yards with one touchdowns and an interception. Redshirt freshman David Cornwell continues to push, but for now, Saban’s faith in Coker continues.


Stephen M. Smith is a staff writer and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine, Pick Six Previews and SB Nation. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.


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