In the first three games of his South Carolina career, freshman quarterback Jake Bentley has completed 54 of 74 passes for 622 yards with six touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Bentley connected on 22 of 28 throws for 254 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Missouri.
To get a better sense of how accurate Bentley was against the Tigers, a page was taken from the scouting notebook of Bleacher Report NFL Draft writer Matt Miller.
Example: Against Tennessee, Bentley’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Bryan Edwards traveled less than 10 yards in the air before it was caught, so it’s counted as a throw inside the short window (0-10 yards), not the intermediate (11-19 yards).
For every completion, there’s a ‘c’. Every incomplete pass is marked with an ‘x’. Here is Bentley’s chart from the Missouri game:
Behind the line: 12 of 15 for 71 yards
Short (0-10 yards): 3 of 4 for 16 yards with 1 TD
Intermediate (11-19 yards): 2 of 4 for 29 yards with 1 TD
Deep (20 or more yards): 5 of 5 for 138 yards
Though a majority of Bentley’s work was done behind the line of scrimmage, his 5 for 5 on the deep balls is rather impressive. Three of those attempts on the deep throws were completed to Deebo Samuel in the second half. The others went to Hayden Hurst and Bryan Edwards in the first half.
Bentley also enjoyed a run of nine straight completions that began in the second quarter and ended in the third. He was 4 of 4 for 109 yards on deep throws during the run.
For another look at Bentley’s performance, check out the video below: