After Michael Scarnecchia led South Carolina to a comeback win against Missouri last Saturday, a bit of a quarterback controversy began brewing between him and injured incumbent Jake Bentley.
On Tuesday, Bentley provided some clarity on the situation.
The junior signal-caller told reporters that his discussions with Scarnecchia and Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp have led him to believe that he’ll reclaim his spot as the starter once he’s healthy. If that’s indeed the case, Bentley feels like he’s healthy enough to start against No. 22 Texas A&M on Saturday.
Jake Bentley says he's the starting quarterback as long as he's healthy, per his conversation with Will Muschamp and Micahel Scarnecchia.
— TheBigSpur.com (@TheBigSpur247) October 9, 2018
Jake Bentley updates reporters on how he’s feeling. pic.twitter.com/g68NSwELiZ
— Josh Hyber (@JoshHyberUSC) October 9, 2018
With Bentley sidelined due to a knee injury, Scarnecchia completed 20 of 35 passes for 249 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in his first collegiate start. But it appears the redshirt senior will be heading back to the bench this week, if Bentley is to be believed.
Through more than three games this year, Bentley has completed 63.6 percent of his passes for 928 yards and seven scores but has been picked off six times.
Whichever quarterback ends up starting for South Carolina (3-2, 2-2 SEC) will face a tough challenge when the Aggies (4-2, 2-1) come to town for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff on Saturday.