South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley took his share of lumps as a freshman, getting sacked often as he learned the scheme behind a line that struggled.
But when he got passes off under duress, he was pretty good.
According to numbers from Pro Football Focus, Bentley had an 86.2 rating under pressure. That number was far and away the best for returning SEC players, better than Arkansas’ Austin Allen (68.3) and Danny Etling (62.1).
PFF has already posted numbers showing Bentley has the best deep ball of any SEC returner and had the best passer rating off play action (88.9) of any returning conference passer.
After sitting the first six games of 2016, looking like a redshirt, Bentley took the starting job through a bye week and flourished, throwing for 1,420 yards, nines scores and four interceptions. Sacks were an issue, as he was taken down 24 times in seven games, but the staff has said a better knowledge of the offense will help there.