Story and video by BamaMag.com's A.P. Steadham
One specific sequence of extending a play illustrated the development and maturation of Jacob Coker Saturday. All his skills, athleticism and competitive spirit were highlighted. Facing a second down and four at the Tigers 34, he showed pocket presence and poise by cleverly escaping the heavy rush. He improvised on the move by keeping his eyes looking forward and firing a line drive third quarter touchdown strike to wide receiver ArDarius Stewart. The nine-play 85-yard scoring drive increased Alabama’s lead to 19-6.
He finished the day 17 of 26 totaling 179 yards passing with no interceptions and zero sacks. Several times Auburn was in a position to tackle Coker for losses but he eluded the Tiger defenders to either make accurate downfield throws for completions or gain positive yardage with some nifty running.
The Iron Bowl is of significance to any young boy raised in Alabama. Coker expressed extreme satisfaction with the victory during the post-game interview (above). Yesterday’s win will resonate forever in the stream of visual highlights catalogued in his mind. The privilege of earning the starter role and winning games against SEC teams are a few of the fulfilling moments he has realized in 2015.
Steadman Shealy holds the school career record for starting quarterbacks with a perfect 12-0 mark winning an SEC and National Championship in 1979. Coker has his sights on achieving the dual goal. The dream fantasy continues next Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta as Florida awaits the quarterback fond of hunting and fishing. So far he is undefeated as the starting signal caller for the Crimson Tide. He has preyed upon eleven other opponents. Will the Gators be number 12? The game is tabbed to be broadcast on December 5th at 3 PM Central by CBS.