Jake Bentley
Bentley in 2018
South Carolina GamecocksNo. 19
Quarterback Senior
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Date of birth: (1997-11-23) November 23, 1997 (age 22)
Place of birth: Duncan, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: [convert: invalid number]
Career history
*South Carolina (2016−present)
Bowl games
* 2018 Outback Bowl
Career highlights and awards

Jacob L. Bentley (born November 23, 1997) is an American football quarterback for the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Early yearsEdit

Bentley attended James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina as a freshman, where his father, Bobby Bentley, was the head coach.[1] He transferred to Opelika High School in Opelika, Alabama, after his father took a coaching role with the Auburn Tigers. As a junior, he passed for 2,834 yards and 28 touchdowns. Bentley graduated after his junior season after his father became a coach for the South Carolina Gamecocks.[2][3] He committed to the University of South Carolina to play college football.[4][5]

College careerEdit


Bentley entered his true freshman year at South Carolina in 2016 as a redshirt behind starter Perry Orth and Brandon Mcllwain. After the Gamecocks started the season with a 2-4 record, Bentley's redshirt was removed. He made his first career start against UMass. The following week he led the Gamecocks to an upset victory over nationally ranked Tennessee and has retained the starting quarterback position since then.[6][7] He finished the season completing 125 of 190 passes for 1,420 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions.[8]


In 2017, Bentley started every game at quarterback for the Gamecocks, leading the team to a 9-4 record, including a come-from-behind victory over Michigan in the Outback Bowl on January 1, 2018. Bentley finished the season with 2,794 yards passing, throwing for 18 touchdowns and rushing for 6.[9]


Bentley started the first four games for the Gamecocks in 2018, compiling a 2-2 record with seven touchdowns and six interceptions.[10] On October 6, 2018, Bentley missed his first start since his freshman year after sustaining a knee sprain in the previous week's loss to Kentucky.[11] Senior Michael Scarnecchia started in his place, leading the Gamecocks to a 37-35 win over Missouri. Bentley's roommate Parker White kicked the game-winning field goal with two seconds left.[12]

On November 24, 2018, Bentley set the South Carolina single-game passing record when he threw for 510 yards in a 56-35 loss to undefeated and second-ranked Clemson at Death Valley.[13]


Year Team Games Passing
G GS Cmp Att Pct Yards TD Int Rtg
2016 South Carolina 7 7 125 190 65.8 1,420 9 4 140.0
2017 South Carolina 13 13 245 394 62.4 2,794 18 12 130.7
2018 South Carolina 12 12 240 388 61.9 3,171 27 14 146.3
Career 32 32 610 972 62.8 7,385 54 30 138.7

Personal lifeEdit

His stepbrother Chas Dodd played quarterback at Rutgers and is now a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of South Carolina.[14][15]


  1. Cloninger, David. "Meet the Bentleys: South Carolina Gamecocks' first family of football" (in en).
  2. Caraviello, David. "For quarterback Jake Bentley, an unusual route from high school to USC" (in en).
  3. "The story behind Jake Bentley's early arrival at USC" (in en).
  4. "HS junior QB Bentley joining S. Carolina for '16" (in en). 2016-04-06.
  5. "4-star QB Jake Bentley commits to South Carolina" (in en).
  6. "Jake Bentley shows promise in South Carolina debut" (in en). 2016-10-26.
  7. In a rebuilding season, Jake Bentley restored hope to USC
  8. Jake Bentley confident Gamecocks will take next steps in 2017
  9. "Jake Bentley Stats". Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  10. "Jake Bentley Stats". Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  11. Kendall, Josh. "Michael Scarnecchia expected to start at QB for Gamecocks vs. Missouri". Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  12. Kendall, Josh. "Scarnecchia saves South Carolina from Mother Nature and Missouri". Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  13. Breiner, Ben. "Jake Bentley makes statement for the history books. Did it help big-game reputation?". Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  14. "Chas Dodd, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Dual-Threat Quarterback" (in en-US).
  15. Hayes, Matt. "South Carolina QB Jake Bentley Is Pioneering a New Fast Track to the NFL" (in en).

External linksEdit

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