Newberry football signs All-American Heath Benedict for 2004
Friday, April 2, 2004 | by by Scott McCain, NC Sports Information

NEWBERRY, S.C. – Newberry College announced the signing of Heath Benedict, a 6-6 311-pound offensive lineman rated the seventh-best in the nation coming out of high school in 2001-02.  He is expected to make an immediate impact on the front line for the Indians.  Benedict is a transfer from the University of Tennessee.

As a senior, Benedict was the #1 rated player in New Jersey, playing at The Peddie School in Hightstown, and was ranked the 85th-best college prospect overall.  He played in the national High School All-Star Game and garnered USA Today Second-Team All-American status.

“Heath has as much talent as anybody I’ve ever seen,” commented assistant coach and co-offensive coordinator Joe Blackwell.  “He can run the 40 in 4.67, and is good enough and fast enough to play both sides of the ball.”

Benedict committed to the Volunteers in December 2001 after being heavily recruited by Tennessee, Florida State, South Carolina, and Miami.  Tennessee redshirted the Taylors, S.C., native his freshman season, which leaves Benedict with four years of eligibility in NCAA Division II.