Coker and Trickett to potentially face one another again but both as starters this time
The Alabama offense needs to fill a couple of holes this upcoming season, but not too many due to every contributing receiver, most of the running backs, and a majority of the line all returning. In case you missed RB Alvin Kamara’s transfer saga, he plans to join the Tennessee Vols after a brief stint at a Kansas Junior College. Now, back to the story, there is one position in particular that every Alabama fan is concerned with, and rightly so. With AJ McCarron exiting stage….North to the Cincinnati Bengals, who will be the primary person to distribute the ball to all of these returning (and new) players?
Many believe that Florida State graduate and transfer Jacob Coker will be the starter for the Crimson Tide this coming fall. He hasn’t played a down at Alabama and was a backup to the Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston but he is still considered to be the top candidate to lead the offense. What makes this interesting especially if he were win the starting job is who he would face in the Crimson Tide’s opening game – his former teammate.
Head Coach of West Virginia Dana Holgorsen announced Clint Trickett as the Mountaineers starting quarterback. Trickett transferred from Florida State and was the backup turned starter in 2013. He had off-season shoulder surgery keeping him out of spring practice but he is said to be “100 percent healthy” Holgorsen said.
Trickett and Coker were both in competition for the starting position at Florida State in 2012 along side senior EJ Manuel. Trickett a red-shirt sophomore and Coker a red-shirt freshman at the time both lost the starting role to Manuel but both saw playing time that same season. Many expected the duo to battle it out in 2013 but Trickett transferred to West Virginia after graduating in the spring of 2013. Trickett finished his career at FSU completing 66-of-106 passes for 947 yards and seven touchdowns in 17 games played. He completed 62.3 percent of his passes.
Coker, after a very close competition lost the starting job to Jameis Winston and according to FSU Head Coach Jimbo Fisher “it was one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to go through”. Fisher has only had very high praise for the 6-5, 230 pound QB from Mobile, AL. which only adds to the expectations of Coker being the next person to lead the Alabama offense. “His knowledge of the game will be so much above those type guys it’s ridiculous (1st or 2nd yr players). It’s not even close to the same. Jake understands protections, how to slide Mikes (middle linebackers), how to hot (throw hot routes), how to sight, he gets all of that where those (younger) players wouldn’t have a clue on that stuff. Here, we are probably as sophisticated as anybody out there offensively with what we ask our quarterbacks to do and the amount of information they have to process, so he’ll be able to do it.” Fisher said.
The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the Georgia Dome will open the 2014 college football season with former teammates competing against one another yet again, but this time both could be the starting QB’s for the opposing team. Kickoff for Game 2 between Alabama and West Virginia is scheduled for Saturday Aug. 30 at 2:30.
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