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What USC’s Jake Bentley thinks about hotshot newcomer Dakereon Joyner

Gamecocks have ‘different attitude’ for 2018, Bentley says

South Carolina QB Jake Bentley discusses the Gamecocks heading into preparations for the 2018 season.
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South Carolina QB Jake Bentley discusses the Gamecocks heading into preparations for the 2018 season.

Dakereon Joyner eventually wants the job that Jake Bentley has right now, but it’s too early to tell much about what the future holds for Joyner, Bentley said.

“Obviously being a freshman, he has a lot to learn, a lot to soak in right now,” said Bentley, South Carolina’s junior starting quarterback. “It’s kind of all been thrown at him, but he’s doing a great job of picking it up. He really enjoys learning football.”

Joyner, a four-star recruit who was the highest-rated player in the Gamecocks 2018 signing class, has been through three full spring practices with South Carolina.

“He’s doing a great job,” Bentley said. “He’s a really explosive runner. When the ball is in his hands, he’s able to make plays.”

Joyner is not expected to speak to the media this season because head coach Will Muschamp typically forbids his freshmen from doing interviews.

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