Former South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was all about quarterbacks.
As he’s shifted from coach to ambassador and now to University of Florida employee, he said he admires current Gamecocks quarterback Jake Bentley.
“He’s a natural thrower,” Spurrier said during Tuesday’s appearance on SiriusXM College Sports Nation. “The ball comes out of his hand very catchable, which I used to always tell our QBs, you’ve got to throw a catchable ball. Those bullets that ricochet off receivers aren’t the kind that work. He’s got that.”
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The former Heisman Trophy winner knows a thing or two about the position, having coached three of the top five passers in both Florida and South Carolina’s program histories.
Bentley could find himself on the South Carolina list when it’s all said and done. He threw for 1,420 yards and nine touchdowns in seven games at the helm of a young and rickety offense last season as a true freshman.
The sophomore possesses something else Spurrier appreciates.
“From what I understand, he loves everything about the game,” Spurrier said. “He loves watching tape on his own of all the opponents. So he’s the type of player all coaches love to have in a quarterback, one of those guys that invests everything he can in being the best he can be.”
The former South Carolina HBC also praised the man who currently has his job, Will Muschamp. Spurrier noted the current staff’s hustle on the recruiting trail and ability to develop players, calling the team a sleeper in 2017.