Perhaps in the most telling comments made by Jimbo Fisher since his backup quarterback transferred to Alabama, the Florida State coach said last week Jacob Coker - from a talent standpoint – exceeds what the Tide has had under center in recent years.
It was a slight detour from comments made late last month when Fisher was in Mobile for a speaking engagement.
Fisher, in an interview with TideSports.com, was asked how he would respond to the idea that a program like Alabama shouldn’t need to start someone else’s backup.
“Including what they’ve had, he’s much more talented than anything they’ve had,” he told TideSports.com. “I don’t mean to discredit the previous guys, they were all great. But this guy is extremely talented. Arm and mind. He’s a backup because he’s behind the best quarterback in America. (Coker) may have been one of the top three or four quarterbacks in America physically.”
Fisher, who was in Mobile on May 29 for the 20th annual DEX Imaging Football Preview, talked in the Port City about the differences between Coker and AJ McCarron, the fifth-year senior quarterback recently selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL draft.
He responded to a question about whether he thought there would be a drop off at quarterback in the wake of McCarron’s departure and Coker’s arrival. However, his answer at the time seemed more reserved.
“I can’t say that because I never coached AJ,” he explained in an AL.com story . “I know AJ. You’re talking about a guy who won two national championships and may be the winningest quarterback in Alabama history. That guy accomplished a lot. But, in his own right, I think Jacob can (too).”
While Fisher is clearly a fan of Coker, a Mobile native, he isn’t the only one. On Monday, ESPN.com gave Coker a favorable nod in its top 10 SEC quarterbacks for the 2014 season.