Benedict named Consensus Draft Services Preseason All-American
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 | by Senior earns his third preseason honor of 2007

NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College offensive lineman Heath Benedict has been named a first team preseason All-American by Consensus Draft Services, it was announced today.

The website, which can be found at, primarily focuses on players that will be eligible for the 2008 NFL Draft. Therefore, this particular All-American team is mainly comprised of players in their final year of eligibility.

Heath Benedict, a senior offensive lineman from Greer, S.C., was the 2006 winner of the South Atlantic Conference's Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which is awarded to the league's best offensive lineman. A three-year starter, Benedict was a first team all-Southeast Region selection by three separate publications, while earning one first team All-American selection.

Benedict is the only South Atlantic Conference player on the CDS All-American team. Defensive lineman Andre Bernardi of North Greenville University, Newberry's opponent in Week Three, is also on the all-American listing.

This honor marks Benedict's third preseason All-American honor for the 2007 season. He was previously tabbed a first team preseason All-American by Lindy's College Football Preview and Street and Smith's College Football Yearbook.

Benedict and the Indians begin the defense of their first-ever South Atlantic Conference championship on September 1, as Newberry hosts Chowan University.

Consensus Draft Service Division II Preseason All-Americans
QB Josh Matthews, 6'3", 205, Northwest Missouri St. University
WR Dan Paulsen, 6'0", 205, St. Joseph's College (Ind.)
WR Ashton Gronewold, 5'11", 175, University of Missouri-Rolla
TE Mike Peterson, 6'3", 245, Northwest Missouri St. University
RB Danny Woodhead, 5'9", 200, Chadron State College
RB Xavier Omon, 6'0", 215, Northwest Missouri St. University
OT Heath Benedict, 6'6", 320, Newberry College
OG Brandon Barnes, 6'2", 315, Grand Valley State University
C Tim McCutcheon, 6'4", 305, California University (Pa.)
OG Robbie Klintobe, 6'2", 295, Chadron State College
OT Ryan Pope, 6'4", 297, Shepherd University (W. Va.)
K Dustin Strickler, Missouri Western State University
KR Bryan Overton, West Virginia Wesleyan College

QB Billy Malone, 6'3", 215, Abilene Christian University
WR Weston Dressler, 5'8", 164, University of North Dakota
WR Almonzo Banks, 6'2", 215, West Liberty State College
TE Kyle Witucki, 6'3", 237, Edinboro University (Pa.)
RB Brandon Toles, 5'10", 180, Southern Connecticut State University
RB Joique Bell, 6'0", 213, Wayne State University (Mich.)
OL Ben Hochstein, 6'4", 298, University of Nebraska-Omaha
OL Nathan Young, 6'4", 295, Abilene Christian University
OL Redi Kirby, 6'4", 300, Northwest Missouri St. University
OL Mackensy Bernadeau, 6'4", 297, Bentley College
OL Christian Morton, 6'5", 291, University of South Dakota
K David Chudzinski, Wayne State College (Neb.)
KR Michael Curl, Colorado School of Mines

DE Kevin Dixon, 6'1", 235, West Liberty State College
DT Jimmy Simmons, 6'2", 245, Clarion University (Pa.)
DT Andre Bernardi, 6'3", 245, North Greenville University
DE Alex Hall, 6'4", 250, Augustana College
LB Tom Korte, 6'0", 235, Hillsdale College
LB Michael Eubanks, 6'2", 215, Delta State University
LB Anthony Adams, 6'2", 235, Grand Valley State University
LB Lateef Ferguson, 6'1", 220, West Chester University (Pa.)
CB Quincy Skinner, 5'10", 170, Arkansas Tech University
CB Kendall Ricketts, 5'10", 190, Central Missouri State University
S Brandon Carr, 6'1", 206, Grand Valley State University
S Darren Banks, 5'11", 180, West Liberty State College
P Jason Davis, Western State College
PR Micah Smith, Chadron State College

DE Curtis Johnson, 6'3", 240, Clark Atlanta University
DT Corey Lacek, 6'0", 240, Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
DT Jared Kelly, 6'3", 245, Assumption College (Mass.)
DE Maurice Baker, 6'4", 215, C.W. Post
LB Jared Brock, 6'1", 210, West Texas A&M University
LB Michael Porter, 6'3", 245, Clark Atlanta University
LB Christian Serena, 6'1", 240, Western New Mexico University
LB Will Clewis, 6'1", 240, University of Central Oklahoma
DB Deqwan Young, 5'7", 175, St. Joseph's College (Ind.)
DB Josh Jones, 5'10", 165, Minnesota State University-Moorhead
DB Sherard Reynolds, 5'10", 175, Valdosta State University
DB Divon Hughes, 5'10", 175, Henderson State University
P Randy Allen, Albany State University
PR Harrison Rush, Pittsburg State University