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Collinsville’s Coker signs with Birmingham-Southern

Collinsville's Nathan Coker recently signed to play football for Birmingham-Southern.. (Photo by Sarah Dudik | Gadsden Times | File)

COLLINSVILLE — Nathan Coker recently committed to play football for Birmingham-Southern College.

Coker, a quarterback and defensive back for the Panthers, had a big senior year. He was named The Gadsden Times’ All-Area Offensive Player of the Year, Region MVP and was selected to the Class 1A All-State team.

Coker completed 77 of 128 passes for 1,480 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. He added 549 yards on the ground and on defense made three interceptions as a shut-down corner.

Birmingham-Southern coaches said they want to use him as either a slot receiver or cornerback.

Coker plans to pursue a degree in the medical field.