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Is Jacob Coker the talented, strong-armed quarterback that is the answer to Alabama's major question mark or just another product of the Crimson hype machine?
That's going to be answered fairly quickly in Tuscaloosa.
While it isn't official that Coker will be the man for UA (Blake Sims won the preliminary battle in the spring while Coker wasn't around, according to the Chattanooga Times-Free Press' David Paschall), it will be tough to keep the Florida State transfer off the field.
At 6'5" and 230 pounds, Coker has the size. He has the dual-threat capabilities. And he certainly has the talent surrounding him to be successful.
He just had his path blocked by a certain Heisman Trophy winner in Tallahassee.
Florida State quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders fueled the frenzy when he told CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman:
I've never had anybody with his size who throws it as well as he does. Jake has a really quick release with tremendous arm strength. Rarely does it not spiral or not go where he wants it to go… Coker's arm is kind of at a different level. Jameis has a very special arm, and this isn't any knock against Jameis, but Jake's probably the best I've seen in 25 years at throwing it.
Still, that talent is untapped. In mop-up duty in '13, Coker completed 50 percent of his 36 passes for 250 yards and an interception. Now, he could be leading a national champion contender on college football's biggest stage.
UA fans are passionate and demanding. So is Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide have won national championships without great quarterbacks, but being mistake-prone will not be tolerated in Tuscaloosa.
Is Coker ready for that level of scrutiny?
He'd better be.
All recruiting rankings and statistics courtesy of 247Sports Composite.
Brad Shepard covers SEC football and is the Tennessee Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow Brad on Twitter here: