Jacob Coker, the Florida State quarterback who lost the preseason battle to eventual Heisman winner Jameis Winston, has been given permission from Florida State to transfer to another program.
The redshirt sophomore no doubt saw the writing on the wall when Winston, a true freshman, won the starting job, therefore limiting Coker’s starting opportunities with the Seminoles. However, Coker is due to finish his undergraduate courseload in the summer, and pursuing graduate work will free him up to compete for playing time elsewhere straight away.
According to ESPN, the Mobile, Alabama native has already received a visit from Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban, who is seeking a replacement for AJ McCarron. Should Coker transfer to Tuscaloosa, he has an experience edge over most of the other quarterbacks on the roster, with the exception of Blake Sims. However, Sims is more of a dual threat, and not necessarily a good fit for the system.
Coker played in 10 games for the Seminoles, completing 21 of 41 passes for 295 yards, with a TD and an interception. He also ran 10 times for 15 yards and another score.