Jacob Coker, a native of Mobile who came to Alabama with two years of eligibility in 2014, was in full control as he engineered a dominating 35-17 win for the third-ranked Crimson Tide against No. 20 Wisconsin.
The fifth-year senior passed his first test as a starter with impressive numbers. Coker threw 21 times, completing 15 for 213 aerial yards. His second quarter 17-yard touchdown toss to redshirt sophomore wide receiver Robert Foster put Alabama ahead of Wisconsin 14-7. Coker duplicated his personal best of 15 completions set against Florida Atlantic in 2014. The 213 passing yards, a career high eclipsing the 202 recorded last season against the Owls, was the 10th best all-time for a Tide quarterback in a starting debut.
Although Coker was the favorite among the five scholarshipped signal callers on the roster to win the role, he had to wait until Nick Saban revealed the choice in confidence prior to Saturday’s opener. BamaMag.com was the at the post game press conference to hear the exact date and circumstances surrounding the selection. The 6-5, 232 pound quarterback addressed the assembled media.