South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley suffered a midfoot sprain and will be lost at least six weeks and potentially for the entire season, coach Will Muschamp confirmed Tuesday.
Muschamp identified it as a Lisfranc injury and said Bentley will be out six to eight weeks, per The Big Spur, a South Carolina-focused website.
He said the team will know later this week if surgery will be required. If so, Bentley will be out for the season.
Bentley suffered the injury on a game-ending sack as the Gamecocks fell 24-20 to North Carolina on Saturday. He has been South Carolina's starter since midway through the 2016 season, having passed for 7,527 yards and 55 touchdowns against 32 interceptions.
Starting in his place will be freshman Ryan Hilinski, from Orange, Calif., who was rated the No. 2 pro-style quarterback recruit in the nation in the 247Sports composite in the Class of 2019.
"It's hard. The guy puts everything into being the quarterback here at South Carolina and it's very difficult. It's hard," Muschamp said of Bentley. "But he was at practice today. He wants to be in the meetings. He wants to be involved."
South Carolina will face Charleston Southern on Saturday, followed by Alabama on Sept. 14.
--Field Level Media