OAKLAND, Mich. - A trio of Newberry College seniors have earned All-Southeast Region accolades from Don Hansen's Football Gazette, college officials announced today.
Offensive lineman Heath Benedict and running back Alex Haynes were named first team all-region, while fullback Corey Smalls earned second team all-region honors.
Benedict, a senior from Greer, S.C., has earned a plethora of postseason awards this season, including three all-American teams and his second consecutive Jacobs Blocking Trophy as well as being named a national finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award. He also became the first Division II player since 2004 to participate in the Senior Bowl.
Haynes, a senior from Summerville, S.C., wrapped up his career with over 2,500 rushing yards and two consecutive seasons of 1,000 yards or more. He was a first team all-South Atlantic Conference selection in each of the last two seasons and set a Newberry record with 255 rushing yards in the 2007 win over Bowie State. He was also selected to play in the 2007 East Coast Bowl.
Smalls, a senior from Summerville, S.C., was a key blocker throughout the season and constantly came through in the clutch in short yardage situations for the Indians. He rushed for a touchdown in the upset win over 18th-ranked Wingate as well as one against Chowan in the season opener.
To view the entire Don Hansen's Football Gazette 2007 All-Southeast Region Team, click here.