April 13, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jacob Coker (14) is pressured during the first half of the spring game at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State Seminoles' backup QB Jacob Coker needs knee surgery

Florida State Seminoles’ backup quarterback Jacob Coker will need knee surgery to repair meniscus damage in his knee, Seminoles’ head coach Jimbo Fisher announced Monday.

Coker was injured during the Seminoles’ 59-3 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons Saturday.

“It could be a week, two weeks,” Fisher told David Hale of ESPN.com. “We’ll have to wait until they get in there, because it could be five or six.”

Coker, a redshirt sophomore out of Mobile, Alabama, battled Jameis Winston for the right to replace E.J. Manuel as the Seminoles’ starting quarterback. Obviously, Winston won the job and is now the front-runner to win the Heisman Trophy.

On the season, Coker has completed 18-of-36 passes for 250 yards with an interception. Last season, he was 3-of-5 for 45 yards and a touchdown.

With Coker sidelined, redshirt freshman Sean Maguire will serve as Winston’s backup. He’s thrown just two passes in his career, completing one for 11 yards.

The second-ranked Seminoles will host the Syracuse Orange Saturday. They’ll kickoff at 3:30 pm EST and the game will be on ABC or ESPN2 depending on what market you’re in.

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