Jacob Coker's twice-a-week, three-hour drives between Tallahassee and Mobile are officially a thing of the past.

Coker made one last road trip over the weekend, trekking a little more than three hours north from Mobile to Alabama's campus. Freshly graduated from Florida State, the Crimson Tide quarterback arrived three weeks before the start of summer semester to make up for lost time.

Alabama's quarterback competition won't officially resume until the team regroups for practice in August, but the next three months are just as pivotal. The long-promised "opportunity" to compete for the starting job begins now for Coker, who can achieve plenty behind the scenes before two-a-days.

"You have to step up not only in a physical sense leading these seven-on-sevens and all those things but also you have to be that vocal leader, the guy that holds the other players accountable," said former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy, who is now an analyst for the SEC Network.

"The guy that does that the best will have a significant head start going into the fall."

Because of those repeated drives between Florida State and his home town, Coker won't have the kind of rust typical for a player who hasn't participated in an official practice since November.

On Mondays and Fridays, Coker met with his longtime quarterback coach David Morris, the same instructor who has worked with AJ McCarron for years. The sessions would last roughly one hour, 45 minutes and grew in intensity as winter turned to spring. Recovering from the season-ending knee surgery he underwent in November, Coker was "limited a good bit" during the earlier workouts, Morris said.

By the end, Coker was "better now than he's ever looked."

"I think that's just because of a combination of a number of reasons," Morris said. "He's a more experienced quarterback, he's grown into the position. He's had a lot of reps practicing through the years. I was really pleased with how he kind of didn't miss a whole lot. He didn't miss a beat.