Jake Bentley talks about his final spring practices, updates his progress
As South Carolina prepares to enter one of its most daunting football seasons in recent memory, these five school records are in danger of falling:
Wins in a decade
The Gamecocks have won 67 games since the 2010 season. With two more wins, they will have their winningest decade in history. The current record is held by the 2000-2009 teams that won 68 games.
Career quarterback starts
If senior Jake Bentley starts 12 or more games this year, he will break Todd Ellis’ school record for quarterback starts. Ellis started 43 straight games from 1986-1989. Bentley has started 32 of the last 33 games for the Gamecocks.
Career passing yards
Bentley’s longevity has put him in position to break Ellis’ school record of 9,953 career passing yards as well. He has 7,385 yards headed into the 2019 season so if he matches last year’s total of 2,794 yards, he would become the first South Carolina player and 10th player in SEC history with more than 10,000 career passing yards. (Bentley also could break the school’s career touchdown, completion and attempts records.)
Career receiving yards
Senior wide receiver Bryan Edwards has 2,229 yards in three seasons. It would take a big season, but he could catch Alshon Jeffery’s school record of 3,042 yards.
Career punting yards
Senior Joseph Charlton has averaged 44 yards per kick during his career. If he can keep up or better that pace, he will leave as the school’s all-time leader, replacing the man he replaced in the position, Sean Kelly (43.3 yards per punt).