Dabo Swinney Reacts To South Carolina QB Jake Bentley’s Injury

first_imgDabo Swinney looks on sternly in front of his team.WINSTON SALEM, NC – OCTOBER 06: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers waits to go onto the field ahead of quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 before their game at BB&T Field on October 6, 2018 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)As has been the case for much of the last few years, rivals Clemson and South Carolina football are heading in different directions. Dabo Swinney and the 2019 Tigers are 1-0, looking to repeat as national champions, while the Gamecocks were upset by North Carolina, and lost starting quarterback Jake Bentley in the process.Bentley had a very rough fourth quarter, as South Carolina blew a 20-9 lead to fall 24-20. He was just 2-for-9 for 15 yards, and threw two backbreaking interceptions in the final frame.For the game, Bentley completed 16-of-30 passes for just 142 yards, and one touchdown, along with the two fourth quarter picks. It is unclear when he suffered the injury, which has been reported as a broken foot.For Will Muschamp’s team, that means true freshman Ryan Hilinski, one of the most lauded quarterback recruits in Gamecocks history, will step in and lead the team for upwards of six weeks. Upstate, Swinney doesn’t have to deal with such an injury. Sophomore Trevor Lawrence wasn’t his sharpest in the 52-14 win over Georgia Tech, but he didn’t need to be, with running back Travis Etienne looking unstoppable. This weekend, the Tigers have one of their biggest games of the year, with Texas A&M coming to town.During his press conference Tuesday, Dabo Swinney was asked about Bentley’s injury. Rivalry aside, he expressed compassion for the Gamecock senior.From TigerNet:“I don’t know what happened,” he said to the media. “I did hear about it yesterday and I hate it for him. Hope it’s not as serious as they say. The kid has worked really hard. He’s a great young man and he is a product of this state. I know he is committed to his team and I know he has put the work in to be the best he can be.”[…]“You hate to see anyone lose their opportunity especially their senior year. It’s tough. It’s part of the game. We all know that but my heart goes out to him and hope he can recover and not be as serious as they say.”Hilinski, whose brother Tyler played quarterback at Washington State before tragically dying in early 2018, was a four-star recruit and the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the 2019 class. He’ll make his college debut against Charleston Southern on Saturday.Whether it will be Hilinski or Jake Bentley against Clemson this November is yet to be seen. What happens between now and then may very well determine Muschamp’s future in Columbia.[TigerNet]last_img


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