Life as the backup for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has involved plenty of action, thanks to the Seminoles outscoring opponents 468-108 on the way to a 9-0 record and No. 2 ranking. But that extra action unfortunately resulted in a setback for sophomore Jacob Coker, who suffered a knee injury against Wake Forest and is out indefinitely.
Jimbo Fisher announced Monday that Coker will have surgery to repair meniscus damage in his knee, and a timetable for his return will not be set until after the procedure. According to Fisher, Coker suffered the injury in a non-contact situation during the second half of Florida State's 59-3 win at Wake Forest.
Before Jameis Winston was considered a Heisman Trophy contender, he was in a battle with Coker for the Florida State starting job. Fisher refused to name a starter after spring practice and summer workouts, allowing the competition to continue well into fall camp. Coker has completed 18 of 36 passes for 250 yards in backup duty, though the 6-5, 230-pound Mobile, Ala. native has not exactly faced normal game conditions thanks to Florida State's fast starts.
Coker's absence promotes redshirt freshman Sean Maguire to the backup role behind Winston. Maguire also participated in the "open" quarterback competition this spring, but has attempted just two passes thus far in game action.