South Carolina senior quarterback Jake Bentley announced his plans to pursue a graduate transfer on social media Monday morning.
Bentley started 33 games from 2016-18, but he suffered a foot injury on the final play of the 2019 season opener against North Carolina and missed the rest of the Gamecocks’ 4-8 campaign.
“The past 3 1/2 years have been incredible. I have met lifelong friends and made memories that I will never forget,” he posted on Twitter. “However, at this time, I believe that it is in my best interest to graduate on December 16th and transfer to play my final year of eligibility.”
— Jake Bentley (@JakeBentley19) December 2, 2019
Bentley thanked coach Will Muschamp, former Gamecocks star Marcus Lattimore, teammates and fans for their support.
Bentley went 19-14 as the starter, completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 7,527 yards, 55 touchdowns and 32 interceptions. As a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play next season.
Freshman Ryan Hilinski replaced Bentley this season and passed for 2,357 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.
–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)