Heath Benedict named First Team AP Little All-American for second consecutive season
Friday, December 14, 2007 | by Benedict earns second national honor of postseason

NEW YORK - Newberry College offensive lineman Heath Benedict has been named to the Associated Press' Little All-American First Team for the second straight season, college officials announced today.

Benedict, who was named a second team All-American by Daktronics, Inc., earlier this week, is one of four repeat Little All-American first teamers this season along with NCAA all-time leading rusher Danny Woodhead of Chadron State, Weston Dressler of North Dakota and Ben Hochstein of Nebraska-Omaha.

In Benedict's two All-American seasons, the Indians compiled a record of 20-4 and were South Atlantic Conference champions in 2006.

Benedict is a national finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award, which is awarded annually to the best lineman in Division II, for the second straight year and is the only South Atlantic Conference player named to this year's Little All-America team. He is slated to play in the 2008 Under Armour Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on January 26, 2008. He will be only the fourth SAC student-athlete to play in the game and the first since 2004.

Benedict is a two-time winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which is awarded to the top offensive lineman in the South Atlantic Conference. He was named a preseason All-American by six publications prior to the 2007 season, and was the leading vote-getter on this season's Daktronics All-Southeast Region team.

The AP Little All-America team honors players from Division II, III and the NAIA.

2007 Associated Press Little All-Americans
QB  David Knighton        Harding Univ.
RB  Xavier Omon           Northwest Missouri Stt. Univ.
RB  Danny Woodhead        Chadron St. College
WR  Weston Dressler       Univ. of North Dakota
WR  Almonzo Banks         West Liberty St. College
TE  Kolo Kapanui          West Texas A&M Univ.
OL  Ben Hochstein         Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha
OL  Heath Benedict        Newberry College
OL  Brandon Barnes        Grand Valley St. Univ.
OL  Mackenzy Bernadeau    Bentley Univ.
OL  Tim McCutcheon        California (Pa.) Univ.
AP  Ashton Gronewold      Univ. of Missouri-Rolla
 K  Jared Guberman        Univ. of West Georgia
DL  Brandon Swain         West Texas A&M Univ.
DL  Curtis Johnson        Clark Atlanta Univ.
DL  Kurt Kissner          Mesa St. College
DL  Bryan Robinson        Wesley College
LB  Michael Eubanks       Delta State Univ.
LB  Jerrell Freeman       Univ. of Mary Hardin-Baylor
LB  Anthony Adams         Grand Valley St. Univ.
DB  Randy Kush            Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha
DB  Cary Williams         Washburn Univ.
DB  Kendall Ricketts      Univ. of Central Missouri
DB  Matt Kostelnik        Mount Union College
P   Michael Podobnik      Arkansas Tech Univ.

Information courtesy of the Associated Press