9. Jake Bentley – South Carolina
Bentley came into this season with a lot of high expectations. South Carolina won nine games last year and returned a lot of starters — especially skill position players on offense. Bentley had a respectable 62.2 percent completion rate, 2,769 yards, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2017.
He ran into a juggernaut in Week 2 against Georgia, and it shows in his numbers. The Gamecocks lost going away by a final score of 41-17 and Bentley’s two interceptions were huge in the loss.
One could forgive Bentley for having a less than stellar game against one of the best defenses in the country. He had better turn things around in a hurry if SC is going to bounce back.
Bentley could be a high pick in the 2019 NFL Draft if he chooses to leave after his junior season. Talent alone won’t be enough. He has to put up better numbers.