QB Jake Bentley transferring from SC

Ruben Hill
December 2, 2019

A day after Florida's Feleipe Franks announced he was leaving Gainesville, another SEC quarterback - South Carolina's Jake Bentley - is also leaving his school. The quarterback says he believed it was in his best interest to "transfer to play my final year of eligibility".

"This is one of the toughest decisions I have ever had to make", Bentley wrote. "I will forever be grateful to the coaches, professors, administrators, and my teammates of this great school".

Bentley, who started parts of four seasons for the Gamecocks, announced he will graduate on December 16 and be immediately eligible at another school in 2020.

Bentley re-classified following his junior year at Opelika, and enrolled at SC in January 2017.

As a freshman, Bentley took over starting quarterback duties in the seventh game, helping salvage a 2-4 season at the time to go to a bowl game and finish 6-7. He suffered a foot injury in South Carolina's opener against North Carolina and underwent season-ending surgery soon after.

Bentley's father, Bobby, remains on the SC staff as tight ends coach, at least for now. Those totals are fourth and third in school history, respectively. In his final SC start against the Tar Heels, Bentley completed only 16 of 30 passes for 142 yards with one touchdown and a pair of costly fourth quarter interceptions.

Bentley's regression at SC is one of the many reasons Muschamp finds himself in his current predicament.

He earned the starting job midway through his true freshman season, and held it through 2018 and into 2019.

Bentley played in 33 career games at SC, completing 626 of 1,002 passes for 7,527 yards, 55 touchdowns, and 33 interceptions.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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