COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley is returning for a final season with the Gamecocks.

Bentley announced Friday on Twitter that he would come back for his senior season.

The 6-foot-4, 224-pound passer was a junior who had been South Carolina's starter since the middle of his freshman season in 2016. Bentley was considering turning pro and had received an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board about his chances at the next level.

Bentley threw for 3,171 yards, 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in an up-and-down season.

Bentley set career highs with 510 yards and five TDs passing in a 56-35 loss at Clemson. But he completed just 17 of 40 throws without a touchdown in a 28-0 loss to Virginia in the Belk Bowl.

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