Jake Bentley vs. North Carolina

South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley (19) warms up before the North Carolina game in Charlotte. 

Update (Dec. 9, 2019, 6:08 p.m.): Jake Bentley has announced he will play next season at the University of Utah. 

“Excited for this next step, can’t wait to be a part of the Utah family! #GoUtes @utahfootball,” the former South Carolina quarterback wrote on Instagram.

Utah finished the regular season 11-2 and ranked No. 11 in the College Football Playoff ranking. Utes starting quarterback Tyler Huntley will graduate after this season.

Utah will play in the Alamo Bowl on New Year’s Eve against Texas. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. (MST) at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Original post: Quarterback Jake Bentley has decided to transfer from the South Carolina football team, he announced Monday on Twitter.

Bentley finished his Gamecock career with 626 completions for 7,527 yards and 55 touchdowns. He completed 62.5 percent of his passes, had a 137.3 quarterback rating and threw 32 interceptions. 

"The past 3 1/2 years have been incredible," Bentley said in a statement he released on Twitter. "I have met lifelong friends and made memories that I will never forget. However at this time, I believe that it is in my best interest to graduate on December 16th and transfer to play my final year of eligibility.

"This is one of the toughest decisions I have ever had to make. Leaving this incredible university is extremely difficult. I will forever be grateful to the coaches, professors, administrators and my teammates of this great school."

Bentley entered this past season poised to break most of the school passing records, but he suffered a season-ending foot injury in the season opener against North Carolina and was not able to return after having surgery. A three-year starter, he has one year of eligibility remaining and can transfer to another school and play as a grad transfer next season. 

In his statement, Bentley thanked head coach Will Muschamp, his coaches, teammates and fans.