Jake Bentley wins South Carolina student-athlete award at Gamecock Gala

Nov 5, 2016; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Jake Bentley (4) tries to outrun Missouri Tigers defensive end Charles Harris (91) during the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium. South Carolina wins 31-21 over Missouri. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

It didn’t take long for Jake Bentley to make a name for himself at South Carolina.

USC’s starting quarterback was honored as the school’s Male New Student-Athlete of the Year at Monday’s Gamecock Gala.

Bentley graduated high school following his junior year and reclassified as a class of 2016 prospect to enroll at South Carolina. While early enrollee Brandon McIlwain and redshirt senior Perry Orth split snaps at quarterback through the Gamecocks first six games, Bentley was handed the job in Week 8 against UMass, and kept the job for the rest of the season, including back-to-back SEC wins over Missouri and Tennessee.

In seven games, Bentley was 125-of-190 for 1,420 yards. He also threw for more than twice as many touchdowns (9) as interceptions (4).

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