PITTSBURG, Kan. - Sophomore free safety Derrell Mills has been named a Second Team All-American by the Don Hansen Football Gazette. Mills is the only South Atlantic Conference player named to either the first, second, or third teams.
Mills was a major force on defense for the Indians in 2006. The Gray, Court, S.C. native intercepted a team and SAC-high six interceptions and made 64 tackles, good for third on the team. Mills was named to the All-SAC First Team and was named to the All Southeast Region First Team by D2football.com and the Don Hansen Football Gazette. He also earned All Southeast Region Second Team honors by Daktronics in 2006.
Junior offensive lineman Heath Benedict earned Honorable Mention All-America accolades as well. The Greer, S.C. native was a major reason why Newberry led the league in rushing in 2006. Benedict graded out at 91 percent and had over 100 knockdown and pancake blocks on the season. He was named to the All-SAC First Team and was the recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given annually to the league’s top blocker. Benedict was also named to the All Southeast Region First Team by Daktronics, D2football.com, and the Don Hansen Gazette. He also was named to the Associated Press’s Little All-American First Team, becoming the first Newberry football player to earn this honor since former player Jerry Hefney was earned honorable mention honors in 1979.
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