COLUMBIA, S.C. – When the dust settled from a camp-long quarterback battle at South Carolina, Perry Orth emerged as the starter and Brandon McIlwain saw playing time against Vanderbilt on Thursday night.
But freshman Jake Bentley also was in Nashville, Tenn., and coach Will Muschamp said no decision has been made to redshirt or play Bentley this season.
“He’s still going to rep,” Muschamp said on a Sunday night teleconference. “We have not made any decision about anything. It’s a long year.”
Orth is in line to start on Saturday at Mississippi State, and McIlwain once again will see action. But if both were to go down with an injury, Bentley would “absolutely” be the next quarterback in line, Muschamp said.
Any potential playing time for Bentley hangs on how the duo in front of him plays and practices moving forward.
“It is the same as far as the defensive ends; guys gotta practice well, and they gotta play well,” Muschamp said. “If they don’t, we will make a change. Our guys understand that.
“Jake is still in that operation.”
Muschamp said the 6-foot-3, 223-pound Bentley is not on scout-team duty and is getting work in practice in “good on good” work. And he will continue to be on the travel roster.
“That’s 100 percent,” Muschamp said.
Mike Wilson covers South Carolina athletics for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on the Gamecocks.