Alabama coach Nick Saban has answered a lot of questions about his quarterbacks during the first half of the season. But Saban said the Crimson Tide definitely have their guy under center Saturday morning.
During an interview with ESPN’s Kaylee Hartung on College GameDay, Saban expressed his faith in senior quarterback Jake Coker.
“I’m very confident in Jake,” Saban said. “He’s done a nice job for us. I think he’s getting more confident with every game that he plays — a better understanding of what we expect of him. I think the team really is buying into Jake as a leader.”
Coker has settled into the starting job during the past three weeks. He’s completed 59.9 percent of his passes for 1,238 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. Turnovers have been a problem for the Florida State transfer, as Coker has thrown at least one interception in four of Alabama’s last five contests.
The Crimson Tide will need Coker to take care of the ball in a hostile environment against No. 9 Texas A&M Saturday. Fortunately, tailback Derrick Henry should be able to take some of the pressure off of his quarterback.