South Carolina QB Jake Bentley: ‘We know that special things are happening here in Columbia’ – SECcountry.com
South Carolina was an underdog before last week’s win over NC State, and it’s an underdog again this week at Missouri. That’s totally fine with quarterback Jake Bentley.
The sophomore guided the Gamecocks to a 35-28 win over the Wolfpack after throwing for 215 yards and 3 TDs last Saturday. Despite that impressive win away from home against a talented ACC foe, South Carolina opened as a 4.5-point underdog against the Tigers.
In speaking with Paul Finebaum on Wednesday, Bentley explained that he doesn’t care too much about the team being overlooked.
“We try not to look at that too much,” Bentley said. “We know we have a special team, and we know that special things are happening here in Columbia. The media people can say whatever they want to. We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing and prove to them that we deserve to be here and that we’re building this program back to where it needs to be.”
Bentley drew the attention of many people across the nation with how he performed as a true freshman last season. One player that can relate is Alabama QB Jalen Hurts, also a frosh as he led the Crimson Tide to the national championship game in his debut year.
Bentley, an Opelika, Ala. native, revealed that he’s developed a relationship with Hurts as well as another SEC quarterback he’ll face this season.
“Me and Jalen Hurts got really close at the Manning Passing Academy, had a great time down there,” Bentley said. “And we really just got close talking about everything from leadership to how it was playing as true freshmen. I texted him this past week about his game against Florida State and how he felt going into it.
“I actually roomed with Austin Allen down there, so me and him got close as well,” Bentley said. “I just try to keep up with those guys because we go through a lot of the same things, and it’s just cool to get their perspective and everything.”
Speaking of relationships, Bentley talked about the one he has with Will Muschamp and dispelled some of the negative perceptions out there about the second-year coach.
“He’s awesome. He really cares about us,” Bentley said. “Sometimes he gets portrayed as some big monster that always screams all the time, but he really cares about us and he really pushes us to be the best that we can be, not just on the field but off the field, academics, in our social life, treating women right. He’s real big on all things that make you a good football player and a great man.”