Bentley announced his decision Monday on Twitter, writing that he will graduate from South Carolina on Dec. 16. He suffered a foot injury in South Carolina's opener against North Carolina and underwent season-ending surgery soon after. Bentley's name appeared in the NCAA transfer portal shortly after his announcement.
"This is one of the toughest decisions I have ever had to make," Bentley wrote. "Leaving this incredible university is extremely difficult. I will forever be grateful to the coaches, professors, administrators, and my teammates at this great school."
Bentley started the final seven games of his freshman season, going 4-3 with 1,420 yards and nine touchdowns and four interceptions. He became a captain for the first time as a sophomore in 2017 and held the designation throughout the rest of his career.
Bentley went 19-14 as South Carolina's starter and finished with 7,527 career passing yards, 55 touchdowns and 32 interceptions. Freshman Ryan Hilinski took over as South Carolina's starter after Bentley's injury. After a 4-8 finish, South Carolina demoted offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon and fired quarterbacks coach Dan Werner.