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Quarterback Jake Bentley to transfer from South Carolina

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More or less what we expected.

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In more big news for the South Carolina Gamecocks, senior quarterback Jake Bentley announced his intention to transfer out of the program on Monday morning.

Bentley will join what has recently been a bustling market of graduate transfer quarterbacks, although he didn’t reveal any potential destinations in his post. Bobby Bentley, his father, will remain on staff with the Gamecocks as the tight ends coach.

Bentley came to South Carolina in 2016, graduating from high school a year early and playing right away as a freshman when incumbent starters Perry Orth and Brandon McIlwain couldn’t hang on to the job. He followed that promising debut with another pair of solid campaigns that saw him enter 2019 chasing multiple school records. But a broken foot in the season opener against North Carolina derailed his season, and ultimately his career as a Gamecock.

While Bentley was a bit of a divisive player among the Gamecock faithful, he gave South Carolina some exciting performances and was, by all accounts, an incredible teammate — even after watching true freshman Ryan Hilinski cement his role as the new starter. We’re thankful for the memories, and wish him all the best at his next stop.