South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley will use his entire collegiate eligibility and stay with the Gamecocks through his senior season.
Bentley had said publicly that he sought evaluation by the NFL with regards to his potential draft stock if he left early, but posted the following video on his personal Twitter account Friday afternoon:
One Last Ride. Forever to thee 🐔 pic.twitter.com/Qz44dpAEhp
— Jake Bentley (@JakeBentley19) January 4, 2019
The rising senior collected a career-high 27 touchdown passes during his junior season, but also saw a slight dip in his accuracy completing just 61.7 percent of his passes down from 62.2 percent in his sophomore year. He also threw 14 interceptions, almost doubling his previous career total.
His best game statistically came in South Carolina’s loss to Clemson near the end of the regular season, where he threw for a career-best 510 yards and five touchdowns, the most anyone had thrown against the Tigers in the history of the rivalry.
Bentley’s return will mean a crowded quarterback room for the Gamecocks come the spring with the incumbent joined by redshirt-freshman Dakereon Joyner, redshirt-sophomore Jay Urich, and highly-rated early-enrollee freshman Ryan Hilinski entering the fold.