Chris Low revisits one of the preseason’s big oversells:
Jake Coker will be the answer at quarterback for Alabama
Not only was Coker not the answer, he’s yet to even start a game and has attempted just 33 passes, most of those coming in a blowout 41-0 win over Florida Atlantic. Fifth-year senior Blake Sims, who played running back as a redshirt freshman, has been the Tide’s starting quarterback the whole way. Sims got off to a hot start, but the entire Alabama offense has bogged down the last two weeks with just three offensive touchdowns in a 14-13 win over Arkansas and 23-17 loss to Ole Miss.
The point here isn’t to belittle Coker, who came in having to battle to overcome a complete lack of experience at a new school breaking in a new offensive coordinator, but instead to remind everyone what a ridiculous rush to judgment we saw from many in the media during the preseason to crown the kid the next greatest thing despite those very issues. Maybe we’ll learn someday. Heaven knows some of those folks never will.