To put the icing on the cake following South Carolina’s embarrassing season-opening loss to North Carolina, the Gamecocks will now be without their starting quarterback for the foreseeable future.
Jake Bentley, who is going into his fourth year as the team’s starter, has reportedly broken his foot and is expected to be out roughly six weeks, per Mike Uva of Fox 57 in South Carolina.
Breaking: Ryan Hilinski has been informed from the USC coaching staff that he will start this week at QB for the Gamecocks and moving forward, per source. One source told me Bentley is expected to be out at least 6 weeks with a broken foot but it could be longer. @wachfox
— Mike Uva (@Mike_Uva) September 2, 2019
According to The State, another local media outlet in South Carolina, a school spokesman has not confirmed the severity of the injury, but did say Gamecock head coach Will Muschamp would meet with the media at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday with an update.
To kick off his senior campaign, Bentley completed just 16 of 30 passes for 142 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in the 24-20 loss to the Tar Heels. Bentley is now 19-14 over the course of his career as a starter.
In Bentley’s place will be USC true freshman Ryan Hilinski, a four-star pro-style quarterback out of Orange, CA.
South Carolina will take on Charleston Southern in their home-opener on Saturday, followed by Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, Georgia, and Florida to make up the next six weeks.