The Greek god Atlas shrugged during the off season and some of the weight of the world fell onto Gamecocks QB Jake Bentley.
Bentley feels he’s earned the trust of his coaches to call audibles at the line of scrimmage. Bentley says his ultimate goal is to execute the play he’s given but he’s allowed to change the play depending on his defensive reads.
Offensive coordinator Kurt Roper told reporters Tuesday that Bentley’s newfound pocket awareness earned him the extra responsibility to call plays. Ultimately Roper will decide the package but Bentley will be able to change the specifics how he sees fit. Roper says Bentley picked up the nuances of identifying where pressure comes from on each play and how to better avoid sacks.
That will help USC more then one might think. The Gamecocks allowed 41 sacks last year, 10th most in the NCAA.
Listen to what Bentley had to say about his new responsibility and how the new faces like Ty’son Williams and OrTre Smith are learning the offense: