Jake Bentley on South Carolina's new offense: We get a minus grade if we don't throw on every one-on-one matchup
August 06, 2018
If South Carolina’s offense turns the corner this season, the Gamecocks could be embarking on a truly historic season in Columbia.
The promotion of offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon and the hiring of quarterbacks coach Dan Werner has brought a much more aggressive style of offense to Columbia, and one that Jake Bentley claims is exactly to his liking. So much so, that the Gamecock signal caller noted that if he and his receivers don’t take advantage of every one-on-one situation provided, they receive a minus grade for the play.
Here’s what Bentley had to say when asked if the new offense is more “deep-ball friendly” on Monday during his latest media availability from Columbia.
“Oh, for sure. For sure. Coach Werner, Coach McClendon — if they have one-on-one matchup, they want us to throw it. If we don’t throw it, that’s going to be a minus for us,” Bentley said. “That’s the mindset that I love to have — an aggressive mindset that they come in with each and every day.”
While South Carolina certainly has the personnel to take advantage of those matchups, Bentley was asked a follow-up regarding if that’s a core principle of the offense or more based on the elite talent the Gamecocks have heading into the season.
“I think that’s a combination of both,” Bentley answered. “I think, to attack a defense you have to throw it deep. The more you do that, the more chances you have to score. So, I think that’s the baseline of the thought process but also, like you said, the receivers that we have should be able to attack a defense in so many ways and that’s one way they do a great job of attacking.”
Provided that Deebo Samuel is healthy, South Carolina may have the SEC’s best receiving corps. So how does he look coming off another season-ending injury? Here’s what the Gamecock QB had to say when asked if Deebo had any rust.
“No, not at all. He’s hit the ground running and really looked explosive. No timidness, or anything with him,” Bentley continued. “He’s really making some big plays and looking good.”
Taking that into account, in addition to Bentley’s comments about taking advantage of all one-on-ones, and SEC defensive coordinators have to be losing sleep over the possibility of facing South Carolina’s offense this season.