Florida State promotes Charles Kelly to defensive coordinator post

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Tallahassee, FL, United States (4E Sports) – After losing defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to Georgia, Florida State has elevated linebackers coach Charles Kelly to fill the vacant position, according to a source.

The source added that defensive line coach Sal Sunseri has been promoted to associate head coach.

A former assistant at Georgia Tech, Kelly joined coach Jimbo Fisher’s staff last year to coach the linebackers and serve as special teams coordinator after seven seasons with the Yellow Jackets.

Kelly also previously served as a DC for Nicholls State, Henderson State and Jacksonville State in his 24-year career.

Pruitt, who helped coach the Seminoles to the BCS national title in his first season as defensive coordinator at the school, left to replace former Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who accepted the same position at Louisville.

Meanwhile, Florida State reserve quarterback Jacob Coker has been released from his scholarship and is expected to enroll at Alabama, according to sources.

A redshirt sophomore, Coker met with Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban on Tuesday, according to Steve Mask, Coker’s former coach at St. Paul’s High School in Mobile, Alabama. Mask said the in-home visit went well.

“He’s a recruitable guy,” Saban told reporters at the Senior Bowl in Mobile. “We can’t talk about anybody that we might be recruiting.”

By completing his undergraduate coursework and pursuing a graduate degree, Coker would be eligible to compete in the upcoming season.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound athlete was in the thick of the quarterback race with Jameis Winston this past offseason. Winston ultimately won the job, went on to claim the Heisman Trophy and led the Seminoles to the national title.

Coker served as backup until suffering a season-ending knee injury Nov. 9 at Wake Forest.

A native of Mobile, Coker grew up a Tide fan and even served as AJ McCarron’s backup at St. Paul’s, where as a senior he threw for 1,508 yards and 16 touchdowns and also carried the ball 61 times for 355 yards and five scores.

If healthy, Coker is expected to compete for the Tide’s vacant quarterback position.

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