More than a week removed from accomplishing something he’d “dreamed of since (he) was little,” Alabama quarterback Jake Coker has his eyes set on another goal: the NFL.
He’s back in his hometown of Mobile, Ala., to prepare for next week’s Senior Bowl, and sat down with the event’s public relations staff to answer several questions about his journey.
Included in the Q&A was an interesting tidbit: Coker, a Florida State transfer, was more nervous during the fourth quarter of the Seminoles’ national title game two seasons ago than he was for Alabama’s tight win over Clemson last Monday.
“Definitely, nerve-racking, it was the Auburn-Florida State game when you got no control over what’s going on and you’re just watching and hoping your guys pull through,” Coker said. “That’s the most nerve-racking thing.”
In January 2014, he sat on the bench watching Jameis Winston lead the Seminoles to victory. Last week, Coker was the one in charge.
“For us, it was still a tight game,” he said, “and I don’t think our team ever wavered or thought we were in trouble but we just knew we had to keep going and things would eventually work themselves out.”
Coker is currently a late-round NFL prospect, according to ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr.
Senior Bowl practice begins next Tuesday, with the game kicking off Saturday, Jan. 30, at 2:30 p.m. ET (NFL Network).