In the first two games of his South Carolina career, freshman quarterback Jake Bentley has completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for 368 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Bentley connected on 15 of 20 throws for 167 yards and two scores against Tennessee on Saturday night. Impressive numbers for a guy who was supposed to be throwing touchdown passes as a high school senior this season, not against teams from the SEC East.
To get a better sense of how accurate Bentley really was against the Vols, a page was taken from the scouting notebook of Bleacher Report NFL Draft writer Matt Miller.
Example: The 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 Tennessee game:
Behind the line: 5 of 5 for 11 yards
Short (0-10 yards): 6 of 9 for 64 yards with one touchdown
Intermediate (11-19 yards): 2 of 2 for 35 yards
Deep (20 yards or more): 2 of 4 for 57 yards with one touchdown
Even though it’s a small sample size, Bentley’s completion percentage (67) on the intermediate and deep throws is impressive. The percentage on the short throws (67) would have been slightly higher had he not been forced to throw one ball away on a scramble.
Of the other four incomplete passes, only one was a in jeopardy of being intercepted, but tight end Hayden Hurst deflected it away from the Tennessee defender.
For another look at Bentley’s performance, check out the video below: