SC starting QB Jake Bentley to transfer

Jake Bentley announces plans for 2020

Longtime South Carolina starting QB Jake Bentley to pursue graduate transfer

Quarterback Jake Bentley has announced plans to transfer from SC for his final season of eligibility.

"This is one of the toughest decisions I have ever had to make", the 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior from Opelika, Alabama said. "I will forever be grateful to the coaches, professors, administrators, and my teammates of this great school".

The news of Bentley's transfer brings a complicated SC career to an end.

Bentley announced his decision Monday on Twitter, writing that he will graduate from SC on December 16.

Bentley took a chance on the Gamecocks when he could have chosen much more established programs, and while there were certainly some inconsistencies along the way, was instrumental in SC winning numerous games it did win during Muschamp's first three seasons.

Here is a look at Bentley's post ...

Bentley became South Carolina's starting quarterback midway through his true freshman season and didn't give up the job until he was injured.

He was a senior starter when he broke his foot on the final play of South Carolina's 24-20 loss to North Carolina in August. Those totals are fourth and third in school history, respectively.

SC quarterback Jake Bentley looks to pass against North Carolina on August 31.

Bentley's regression at SC is one of the many reasons Muschamp finds himself in his current predicament.

In Bentley's absence, true freshman Ryan Hilinski took over as the team's starting QB and showed some glimpses of a bright future despite a disappointing 4-8 season.

Bentley played in 33 career games at SC, completing 626 of 1,002 passes for 7,527 yards, 55 touchdowns, and 33 interceptions.

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