South Carolina’s Jake Bentley made a good impression in a short time at the Manning Passing Academy.
“It’s been a very limited time, but I’ve been doing this a long time. I assess people fairly quickly, and he’s a good one,” said Dartmouth head coach Buddy Teevens, who is the camp’s associate director. “I really liked him when I first met him, a really humble guy, but very engaging. He’s active with the players, just has a nice demeanor, a nice way about him. Obviously, he’s a skilled quarterback. The kids are wide-eyed. They know who he is.”
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Bentley is one of 43 college quarterbacks working as a counselor at the 22-year-old camp on the campus of Nicholls State University. He and the other college counselors had a private throwing session Thursday afternoon with the camp’s namesake quarterbacks, Peyton Manning and Eli Manning.
“Jake threw it well, right up there with the rest of the big names,” Eli Manning said Friday. “I was really impressed with all of the quarterbacks yesterday. These guys all have strong arms and throw it accurately.”
Bentley, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, threw for 1,420 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions while starting the final seven games of the season for South Carolina last year in coach Will Muschamp’s first season.
“I can see why Will is excited about him,” said Archie Manning, the former Ole Miss and New Orleans Saints quarterback who founded the camp when his sons where playing college and high school football. “He’s going to be a good player. He’s young. Sometimes you can just tell that they are savvy. He’s kind of got it. He’s playing in a tough conference. I’m not saying he’s going to set the world on fire, but you can tell he’s going to be a good one.”