Nick Saban thought Jacob Coker would be starting QB last year

Though Blake Sims did a fine job under center for the Alabama Crimson Tide last season, head coach Nick Saban thought that current senior and starting job favorite Jacob Coker would end up being the Tide’s leader on offense. Saban told this to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, who posted the story on Twitter.

Nick Saban said last year before 2nd fall scrimmage he would’ve bet “lot of money” Jake Coker would win job. But Blake Sims “won the team"

— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 21, 2015

Sims would end up throwing for 3,487 yards and 28 touchdowns while rushing for 350 yards and seven scores, ultimately leading Alabama to an overall record of 12-2 and the No. 1 seed in the inaugural College Football Playoff, where the team ultimately lost to eventual champion Ohio State.

This year, the job appears to be Coker’s to lose. Not only is he a senior who knows Saban’s system, but he does not have much to worry about in terms of competition. The only other QBs on the team’s roster are redshirt freshman David Cornwell, junior Alec Morris, true freshman Blake Barnett and sophomore Cooper Bateman.

So long as Coker continues to play well in practices and proves that he is worthy of the job, he should be the starting man under center when the season opens. However, this is still college football, and anything can happen.

Campus Sports will update Alabama’s starting quarterback battle as more details become public.

Alabama opens the 2015 season against Wisconsin on September 5, in a game set to be played at Dallas’ AT&T Stadium.

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