Jake Coker
refer to caption
Coker in 2013
No. 6
Personal information
Born: (1992-08-04) August 4, 1992 (age 31)
Mobile, Alabama, U.S.
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:St. Paul's Episcopal School
(Mobile, Alabama)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Player stats at PFR

Bryant Jacob "Jake" Coker (born August 4, 1992) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football at Florida State and Alabama. He won the national championship with the Alabama Crimson Tide in his senior year in 2015.

Early years

Coker attended St. Paul's Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama. He played both football and basketball. He was ranked by Rivals.com as the 18th best pro-style quarterback recruit in his class.[1] He committed to Florida State University in June 2010.[2]

College career

Coker was redshirted as a freshman in 2011. As a backup to EJ Manuel in 2012, he appeared in three games, completing three-of-five passes for 45 yards and one touchdown. As a redshirt sophomore, Coker competed with Jameis Winston for the starting quarterback job in 2013.[3][4] Winston won the job and Coker was his backup until a knee injury in November caused him to miss the rest of the season.[5] He had appeared in six games, going 18 of 36 for 250 yards and one interception.

In January 2014, Coker transferred to the University of Alabama.[6] He had suffered some injuries and, as he later said, "things didn't work out at Florida State". Alabama had shown interest but he had already committed and stuck to his commitment, but his dream had always been to play for Alabama under coach Nick Saban.[7]

He was eligible to play immediately and did not have to sit out a year after graduating from Florida State in April.[8] In his first year at Alabama he competed for the Crimson Tide's starting job.[9][10][11] Blake Sims won the competition with Coker as the backup. Coker again competed for the starting job in 2015, and this time won the competition.

Coker helped lead the Crimson Tide to win the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game against the Clemson Tigers, with a final score of 45–40. The team's only loss was against Ole Miss, a game Coker later said changed his approach to the game.[7]

On January 30, 2016, Coker was the starting quarterback for the South in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. In one quarter, he was 3-of-8 passing for 23 yards and led his team to the first touchdown of the game.

Professional career

On April 30, 2016, Coker signed a free agent deal with the Arizona Cardinals after going undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft. He was released by the team on August 29, 2016, as part of a roster cut to 75 players.[12]

On April 21, 2017, after being unable to fully recover from knee surgery, Coker announced his retirement from football. “I’m just going to move on,” Coker said. “I had another surgery when I was with the (Arizona) Cardinals, and that was kind of the last thing. I didn’t want another surgery. I’m just kind of ready to move on. I’m excited about what’s ahead.”[13]

After football

Coker and his wife moved back to Mobile and he got a job in commercial insurance; they had a baby in early 2020.[7]


  1. ^ "Jacob Coker".
  2. ^ "St. Paul's QB Jacob Coker commits to Florida State". AL.com.
  3. ^ "Jacksonville sports news on the Jaguars, Suns and the University of Florida - jacksonville.com".
  4. ^ "Jacob Coker takes humble approach in Florida State QB battle". ESPN.com.
  5. ^ "Florida State Seminoles backup QB Jacob Coker to have surgery". ESPN.com.
  6. ^ Florida State QB Jacob Coker transferring to Alabama
  7. ^ a b c Potter, Charlie (May 20, 2020). "Where Are They Now: Jake Coker". 247Sports. Retrieved January 11, 2024.
  8. ^ "Jacob Coker graduates, arrives in Tuscaloosa to take next step in Alabama QB competition". AL.com.
  9. ^ "Jacob Coker working his way toward competing for Alabama's starting quarterback job". AL.com.
  10. ^ "Saban dispels rumors that Jacob Coker will start". TuscaloosaNews.com.
  11. ^ "If you've decided Jacob Coker is Alabama's next QB, you're way ahead of Nick Saban". AL.com.
  12. ^ Burnett, Marq (April 30, 2016). "NFL Draft: Alabama's Jake Coker signs free agent deal". Footballdrafting.com. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  13. ^ "Former Alabama QB makes decision to walk away from football". SEC Country. April 21, 2017. Retrieved December 18, 2017.