With so many headlines being made by players choosing to leave school early, there are still a number of players choosing to come back for another year of college football. Among those choosing to stay put for one more season will be South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley, who made his decision known with a brief music video hare don his Twitter account Friday afternoon.
Bentley passed for 3,171 yards and 27 touchdowns for South Carolina this season with a passer rating of 146.25. There may have been some question about what Bentley was going to decide, especially after a rough showing in the bowl game against Virginia. Bentley was held to 17-of-39 for 218 yards and two interceptions in the game. But his performance against Clemson with five touchdowns and 510 passing yards was the highlight of the season even if it came in a losing effort against the ACC champions, who will be playing for the national championship Monday night against Alabama.
There were certainly some highs and lows for Bentley this season that suggested he could benefit from another season in Columbia, and if he continues to develop and work on his game then he could start to draw some attention to himself a bit more from NFL scouts. It will be a crowded quarterback draft pool a year from now though, which is why it might have been thought Bentley could take a shot at the NFL now with a more shallow pool of passers.