Bo Wallace knows quarterbacking in the SEC. And he see big things ahead for South Carolina’s Jake Bentley at the position.
Why? Dan Werner.
The new South Carolina quarterback coach arrives in Columbia with a lengthy resume of working with some of the league’s top talent, including Wallace, who was one the league’s top signal callers under Warner at Ole Miss from 2012-14.
Wallace, who now works as a quarterbacks coach himself at East Mississippi Community College (better known to some as “Last Chance U”), says he believes the marriage between Bentley and his new position coach will produce some major strides forward in his game as he approaches his junior season.
“I know that Jake should be excited about who he gets to be in the meeting room with every day,” Wallace told The State’s Josh Kendall. “I think he’s going to take his game to another level. He’s already a great quarterback, and if he just listens to Dan, I think he’s going to have a really good season next year and be really efficient.”
Werner was the offensive coordinator at Ole Miss under Hugh Freeze during all three of Wallace’s seasons there, which produced 9,534 yards passing and 62 touchdowns to go along with 944 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns on the ground through use of an effective run-pass option (RPO) offensive attack.
Wallace, who at times was prone to mistakes as his 41-career interceptions would indicate, credits much of his success to the rapport built with the man who now will be molding the mind of South Carolina’s most important player.
“He’s not a yeller,” Wallace told Kendall. “He’s not a screamer, but he gets the point across the way it needs to be gotten across. I think that he definitely is very demanding, but at the same time, he’s not a guy that’s going to raise his voice and yell at you. He’s going to ask you, ‘What’d you see? Let’s talk through it.’ I’m glad I got a chance to play for a coach like that.”
Bentley was last seen capping off his sophomore campaign by leading a come-from-behind victory against Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day. He finished his sophomore season with 2,794 yards passing and 18 touchdowns.
The addition to Werner in Bentley’s corner was a result of Will Muschamp’s offensive staff changes following a 9-4 season and a second-place finish behind Georgia in the SEC East. Former offensive coordinator Kurt Roper is no longer on staff, with 34 year old Bryan McClendon takes over full control of the Gamecocks offense in 2018 after serving as wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator last season.
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