Gamecock quarterback Jake Bentley returning for senior season
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — USC quarterback Jake Bentley announced Friday on twitter he plans to return for his senior season with the Gamecocks.
After throwing two interceptions in the Belk Bowl against Virginia Saturday, Bentley said he would wait a few days before deciding whether to return for his senior season or declare for the NFL Draft.
Bentley’s 2018 season was filled with highs and lows, though the junior quarterback had one of the best single-season performances in school history, finishing the year sixth in completions (240) and attempts (389) but third in passing yards (3,171) and second in touchdowns (27).
The junior quarterback was rated the eighth-best QB in the 2019 NFL Draft, according to Todd McShay, but most scouts have advised Bentley to come back for one more season to improve his draft stock.
His return means a few passing records may be broken as well. Bentley’s roughly 2,500 passing yards from topping Todd Ellis’ career mark and nine touchdowns from becoming the Gamecocks’ all-time leader.