Jake Bentley reportedly makes decision about South Carolina future
Jake Bentley’s career at South Carolina is reportedly over.
Mike Uva of WACH-FOX reported, “USC QB Jake Bentley is not expected to return to the program next season, according to a source close to the team. However, I’m told his father Bobby Bentley is expected to remain on staff at USC.”
In late October, coach Will Muschamp said Bentley and his family and the coaching staff would make a decision about his future after the regular season. He suffered a season-ending foot injury in the season opener against North Carolina.
“Jake and I are very close,” Muschamp said. “And he and I will sit down and have a good conversation about what’s best for him and best for South Carolina. When we have that conversation, I’ll be able to update you more.”
Bentley participated in the Senior Night festivities against App State, and wore his No. 19 jersey.
“Jake’s been very special to me personally,” Muschamp said earlier that week. “The contributions he’s made to this program, the success he’s had as a quarterback here at the University of South Carolina.”
Bentley started 33 games over 4 seasons for the Gamecocks and became one of the program’s leaders after he got the job midway through his freshman year when he could have been eligible to play in high school. But he graduated early to enroll at USC.
Before the loss to North Carolina, Bentley was 19-13 as a starter, including a 10-7 mark in SEC games. He closed in on the all-time statistical leaders at South Carolina, as he ranks second in completion percentage (62.8), third in pass completions (610) and passing touchdowns (54), fourth in passing yards (7,385), pass attempts (972), and touchdowns responsible for (62), and fifth in total offense (7,533).