Jacob Coker Stands Tall In Win Over Aggies

Jacob Coker loves to hunt and fish. A few passes lofted under duress in early season games resembled a wounded duck in flight. Those errant throws resulted in costly turnovers. His mind was strictly on football yesterday in the 41-23 road win over the Aggies. The Alabama (6-1, 3-1) quarterback was accurate, efficient and avoided the rush by scrambling for positive yardage.

Each game has provided an opportunity for the fifth-year senior to develop and mature. After two SEC road victories in Athens and College Station, he is unquestionably the leader of the offense. Jacob Coker finished the game 19 of 25 for 138 passing yards and most importantly zero turnovers. Although sacked once, he rushed seven times for only 13 yards and managed to extend several plays with his legs.

Facing a third down and six from the Texas A&M (5-1, 2-1) 24, he rolled right looking to throw but ran left for 16 yards and a first down at the eight. He followed up with an eight yard gain in the drive and Alabama scored on a one-yard run by Derrick Henry to increase the lead to 34-20 early in the fourth quarter.

He met with the media following the impressive win and spoke of his reasons for avoiding the slide.

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