Florida State backup quarterback Jacob Coker was injured during the Seminoles’ 59-3 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday and will require knee surgery that will keep him out for an unspecified amount of time.
The redshirt sophomore injured his meniscus during mop up duty in yet another blowout. Redshirt freshman Sean Maguire will serve as the team’s second string quarterback while Coker is out.
Coker battled freshman phenom Jameis Winston all spring and summer, barely losing out on the race to be the starter according to some. Winston has been brilliant as the Noles starter while Coker has toiled on the sideline.
Thanks to Florida State’s domination Coker has been able to play in six of the Noles’ nine games, but he’s been somewhat underwhelming during limited action. He’s gone 18-for-36 for 250 yards and hasn’t thrown a touchdown. Admittedly, Coker hasn’t been afforded much protection while playing with the second string, but regardless, he hasn’t looked sharp.
Part of that could be due to the fact that he might be considering a transfer. With Winston guaranteed to be around for another year it’s entirely possible that Coker could graduate early and transfer to another school without having to sit out a year.
There’s no question that Coker would be the starter for a number of other Division 1 schools, but he’s never going to play ahead of Winston without an injury. Maguire, on the other hand, will have two years to be the starter if Winston leaves after the 2014 season as most analysts assume he will.