South Carolina football quarterback Jake Bentley will face a choice at the end of the season: Go elsewhere as a graduate transfer, return to compete with Ryan Hilinski or takes his chances in the NFL.
But before that, Bentley is getting his USC degree and he will be walking on senior day Saturday before the game against Appalachian State.
The Gamecocks confirmed that Tuesday. Bentley has not played since the season opener when he suffered a foot injury on the final play. Bentley is fourth on the school’s all-time passing yardage list and third in all-time touchdowns.
Walking on senior day is sometimes a sign a player with eligibility left is moving on, but that’s not always the case.
South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp said five players who have not exhausted their eligibility — three scholarship ones — will walk for his team Saturday, but none have made their choice about leaving or coming back. That includes Bentley.
It also includes two redshirt juniors in offensive lineman Sadarius Hutcherson and tight end Kyle Markway. Walk-on receiver Bailey Hart and defensive back Jaylan Foster also have choices to make.
Muschamp said the discussion about their futures will take place in December.
The 25 players expected to take part in Senior Day festivities include Michael Almond, Jake Bentley, T.J. Brunson, Joseph Charlton, Chavis Dawkins, Mon Denson, Rico Dowdle, Bryan Edwards, Daniel Fennell, Tavien Feaster, Jaylan Foster, Bailey Hart, Sadarius Hutcherson, J.T. Ibe, Javon Kinlaw, Caleb Kinlaw, Kyle Markway, Matt Oliveira, Kiel Pollard, Kobe Smith, Donell Stanley, Will Tommie, A.J. Turner, Eldridge Thompson and D.J. Wonnum.