It’s a distant memory now, but Alabama quarterback Jake Coker threw 36 passes for Florida State during its title run in 2013.
He didn’t see the field much because fellow signal-caller Jameis Winston was en route to winning the Heisman Trophy and the national championship.
Coker transferred to Tuscaloosa in January 2014, and eventually won the Crimson Tide’s full-time quarterback job this September.
Winston was selected No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft this May, and has been starting for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers all season. He recently spoke with ESPN.com‘s Alex Scarborough about Coker, calling him a nice guy, but also a “workaholic” who “won’t take no for an answer.”
“He’s a fierce competitor,” Winston said. “He’s going to work his tail off until he has success. And if something bad happens, he’s going to battle. He’s not going to give up.”
“One thing he can’t hide is that cannon of an arm he’s got,” Winston said.
Coker has shown a propensity to throw the ball deep, most recently on an 81-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Ridley. He’ll likely need to pack some firepower for this weekend’s Top 10 matchup at Texas A&M.