Pruitt details history with Bobby, Jake Bentley

Pruitt details history with Bobby, Jake Bentley

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Pruitt details history with Bobby, Jake Bentley

KNOXVILLE — South Carolina junior quarterback Jake Bentley has thrown for 1,151 yards and 10 touchdowns in six games this season.

The 6-foot-4, 224-pound quarterback has his father, Bobby, on South Carolina’s staff as running backs coach.

Bobby Bentley was the head coach at Byrnes (SC) High School from 1995-2006 before being named head coach at Presbyterian College for the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

After two seasons at Presbyterian College during the school’s transition from Division II to FCS, Bentley returned to Byrnes as head coach for the 2013 season before becoming an offensive analyst at Auburn from 2014-15. While Bobby was at Auburn, Jake played at Opelika (AL) High School.

Bentley has been at South Carolina as running backs coach since 2016 when Jake was a freshman.

Jeremy Pruitt kicked off South Carolina week by discussing his history with the Bentley family that dates back to Pruitt’s Hoover (AL) High School coaching days from 2004-06.

“We recruited him (Jake) and his dad, Bobby, used to be the head coach at Byrnes, so I’ve known him for many years,” Pruitt said. “He (Bobby) used to bring his team down to Hoover High School and we had 7-on-7 there. Jake’s a coach’s son. He understands what they’re trying to get done.

“He’s tough. He can get the ball out of his hand, makes all the throws. Very unique situation that he leaves, really he could have played his senior year in high school, leaves and goes to South Carolina and ends up being the quarterback. That says a lot about him. We’ll have to find ways to affect him Saturday because if you let him sit there and stand in there in the pocket, he can deliver to some really good players.”

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