TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The date most Alabama fans have been anticipating since last fall is almost here.
Jacob Coker, who is transferring from Florida State, is scheduled to arrive in Tuscaloosa in early May and begin working toward earning the starting quarterback job.
Since Coker missed spring practice, he'll have a bit of an uphill battle when it comes to getting acclimated with everything it takes to be the Crimson Tide's signal caller. Speaking on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, Tide coach Nick Saban said the team would do everything it could to help Coker in his transition.
"We're talking about learning a system so that he has a chance to be able to, when the opportunity comes in August, that he's going to have a better chance of going out and feeling comfortable and playing with confidence and developing the physical skills to implement the things that we want to do, which probably aren't as different as people would like to make them from what he has done.
"But it's just the idea of terminology and understanding and feeling comfortable in the system that we have. The learning curve is going to be steep, but he's a bright young guy. He has experience and knowledge in a similar system. We're hoping we can make it a smooth transition for him."
Coker is expected to compete with fifth-year senior Blake Sims for the right to replace three-year starter AJ McCarron.