NEW YORK - USA Today's Sports Weekly named Newberry College offensive lineman Heath Benedict to its "All-Sports Weekly" list of first-tier college players to watch in 2007 in its August 8 edition. Benedict is the only Division II player on the list, and one of only two non-Bowl Subdivision players listed.
The honor marks the fourth preseason nationwide honor for the Greer native. He was previously tabbed as a first team preseason Division II All-American by Consensus Draft Services, Lindy's College Football Preview and Street and Smith's College Football Yearbook.
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 and the Indians open the defense of their South Atlantic Conference title on September 1, as they host Chowan University for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff at Setzler Field.
USA Today's Sports Weekly
All-Sports Weekly Team
QB Andre' Woodson Kentucky 6-5, 224
RB Mike Hart Michigan 5-9, 195
FB Jerome Felton Furman 6-0, 246
TE John Carlson Notre Dame 6-5, 256
WR Early Doucet LSU 6-0, 212
WR Adarius Bowman Oklahoma St. 6-4, 220
C Steve Justice Wake Forest 6-4, 285
OT Jake Long Michigan 6-7, 315
OT Gosder Cherilus Boston College 6-7, 315
OG Eric Young Tennessee 6-4, 308
OG Heath Benedict Newberry College 6-6, 328
K Art Carmody Louisville 5-9, 168
P Durant Brooks Georgia Tech 6-1, 202
DE Chris Long Virginia 6-4, 275
DE Tommy Blake TCU 6-3, 258
DT Glenn Dorsey LSU 6-2, 316
DT Sedrick Ellis Southern Cal 6-1, 305
LB Quentin Groves Auburn 6-3, 250
LB Keith Rivers Southern Cal 6-1, 305
LB Philip Wheeler Georgia Tech 6-2, 235
CB Terrell Thomas Southern Cal 6-1, 198
CB DeJuan Tribble Boston College 5-9, 190
FS Simeon Castille Alabama 6-1, 190
SS Tom Zbikowski Notre Dame 5-11, 210