Here are five important things you need to know about the sophomore, 6-foot-3, 220-pound South Carolina quarterback before kickoff…
His dad is the running backs coach at South Carolina
Bobby Bentley, Jake’s father, is in his second season as the running back’s coach at South Carolina. Bobby spent two seasons as an offensive analyst at Auburn under Gus Malzahn before returning to his home state.
Two of his brothers play(ed) quarterback
Jake isn’t isn’t the only athlete in the family. Jake’s step-brother, Chas Dodd, played quarterback at Rutgers. After graduating in 2014, Chas play in the Italian Football League. He now works as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant at South Carolina.
Jake’s other brother, Shuler Bentley, currently plays quarterback at Murray State. Before Murray State, Shuler played three seasons at Old Dominion.
I wonder if his younger two sisters will play quarterback as well…
He graduated high school after his junior year
Bentley graduated from Opelika High School in Alabama following his junior year to enroll early at South Carolina. He threw for 2,834 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior in 2015, leading his high school team to a 12-1 record.
Bentley was a four-star prospect, ranked as the No. 5 pro-style quarterback by 247Sports and Scout considered him the No. 9 passer in the class of 2017. He was the second-ranked quarterback and the 33rd-ranked player overall in the ESPN Junior 300. Bentley was selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game.
He looked like Minkus from Boy Meets World as a kid
One of Bentley’s teammates got a hold of a childhood picture and tweeted it out. A lot of his teammates had fun with the picture. A South Carolina fan (@ToddJoyner48) on Twitter noted his striking resemblance to Minkus and I agree.
He was chosen to be a part of the Manning Passing Academy
Bentley was chosen to be quarterback counselor at the Manning Passing Academy hosted by Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. Archie called South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp and wanted Bentley to come to Nicholls State University as a counselor mentoring quarterbacks.
“He wanted Jake to be in the camp, and I’m certainly excited for Jake,” Muschamp said. “It’s a great honor to be able to go out and be with Peyton, Eli and the Manning family. My son, Jackson, will be there too, so I’m looking forward to spending some time with Jake in Louisiana.”