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Jake Bentley suffers mid-foot sprain, out 4-8 weeks at minimum

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The Ryan Hilinski era will begin much sooner than anticipated.

NCAA Football: South Carolina at North Carolina Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Will Muschamp wasn’t ready to make a switch at quarterback for South Carolina, even after an overall disappointing performance by Jake Bentley in a loss to North Carolina.

He may not have a choice as the Gamecocks host Charleston Southern this Saturday.

During his weekly press conference, Muschamp revealed that Bentley had suffered a “mid-foot sprain” during the game against the Tar Heels, and could be out 4-8 weeks at minimum, or for the season if surgery is needed.

Mike Uva from WACH Fox was first to report the news on Monday:

In all honesty, it wouldn’t have been fair to bench Bentley anyway even with an FCS opponent coming in for the home opener. But if Hilinski can navigate the Gamecocks through a difficult stretch following Saturday’s game against the Buccaneers, it might be fair to say that this past weekend in Charlotte was the last we’ve seen of Bentley as the Gamecocks’ starting quarterback.

But that’s putting the cart well before the horse. For now, Hilinski is the guy, and the eyes of Gamecock nation will be focused squarely on him.