Bentley solid in his first career start in the Garnet and Black
South Carolina leads the league for the 10th-consecutive fall
2017 Co-Jim Carlen Special Teams Player of the Spring
2015 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
Senior safety who led the team in tackles in 2016... three-year letterwinner who has logged 113 career tackles with one interception and a pair of fumble recoveries... has appeared in 37 games over the past three seasons, making a dozen starts.
2016: Played in every game, making 10 starts... led the team with 80 tackles, including 62 solo stops, the third-highest total of solo tackles in the SEC... had 3.0 tackles for loss... set a new career high in tackles in each of the first three games and did it on six separate occasions this season... came up with five tackles including a tackle for loss at Vanderbilt... credited with a then-career-best six tackles, all solo, at Mississippi State... exceeded that mark in the East Carolina win with a then-career-high eight tackles and a fumble recovery... his fumble recovery came at a crucial time, as he scooped up a Pirate fourth-quarter fumble in the end zone... made four tackles, 1.0 tackles for loss and his first career interception at Kentucky... led the Gamecocks and set another career-high with nine tackles, including a TFL, in the Texas A&M game... set a new career high yet again and led Carolina with 12 tackles (10 solo) in the UMass win... picked up three tackles and recovered a fumble in the Western Carolina win... set a career-best and led all players with 13 tackles, including 10 solo efforts, at Clemson... logged seven stops in the Birmingham Bowl vs. USF.
2015: Saw action in all 12 games, primarily on special teams, but began to split more time with Jordan Diggs at strong safety as the season progressed... credited with 22 tackles on the season, including 18 solo stops... had a career-high four tackles at Missouri... matched that with four stops, including a tackle for loss and a pass break up at LSU... had four solo stops at Texas A&M... made his first start of the season at Tennessee and responded with a pair of tackles... named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2014: True freshman defensive back... saw action in 12 games, making one start... played both cornerback and safety... credited with 11 tackles and one pass breakup... missed the first couple of weeks of fall camp after having his wisdom teeth removed and did not play in the season opener... saw first action of the season against East Carolina... credited with two tackles at Vanderbilt... made first start of career at free safety at Kentucky, collecting a season-best three tackles along with his first career pass breakup.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played safety during his senior season at Walton High School in Marietta, Ga., after playing cornerback as a sophomore and a junior... recorded 77 tackles with a pair of interceptions in his final campaign while leading the Raiders to a 6-5 mark... coached by Rocky Hildago... Rivals considered him the 10th-best player in the state and the 26th-best cornerback in the country... Scout ranked him as the 16th-best safety in the country and No. 168 overall... considered the 45th-best player in the state, and the 36th-best cornerback in the nation, according to 247Sports... ESPN considered him the 12th-best cornerback in the nation, No. 108 on the ESPN300 list and the eighth-best player in the state... ranked by PrepStar as No. 95 on the Top 150 Dream Team.
PERSONAL: David Jordan Smith was born September 8, 1995... interested in a degree in sport and entertainment management.
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