INDIANAPOLIS - Newberry College offensive lineman Heath Benedict has already been named to four Division II All-American teams following the 2007 season. His participation in the 2008 Under Armour Senior Bowl was a first for any Newberry player, and this weekend he will take the next step towards realizing his dream of playing in the National Football League.
The 2008 NFL Scouting Combine begins Thursday at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. Fans who have followed Indians football over the past four years have known about Benedict's domination at the Division II level and his numerous accolades over the years. But as his preparations for the upcoming NFL Draft in April have progressed, the hype for the 6-6, 328 lineman has exploded.
Benedict is featured on the front sports page in today's issue of The State, in a Pat Obley article titled "Rise & Shine."
“Newberry’s a great school, and I really enjoyed my four years there,” Benedict said Monday from Atlanta, where he was undergoing interview training. Interviews with NFL teams take up most of the combine’s first three days, beginning today.
“I’m just so excited about this whole process, and I know the people of Newberry are behind me 200 percent, all rooting for me,” he said. (excerpt from The State; read full article here. Also available on local newsstands.)
Televised coverage of the 2008 NFL combine begins at 11 a.m. Saturday on the NFL Network (DirecTV channel 212 [HD available], Dish Network channel 154 [HD available], check with your provider for other networks.) Offensive linemen, tight ends and specialists participate in their workouts on Saturday.
Events at the combine include the 40-yard dash, bench press, three cone drill, broad jump, vertical leap, 20-yard shuttle, 60-yard shuttle, position specific drills, physical measurements , NFL team interviews, the Wonderlic Test, the Cybex Test and injury evaluation.
For more information on the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine, including profiles on all combine participants, click here.
Who: Offensive Lineman Heath Benedict
What: 2008 NFL Scouting Combine
Where: RCA Dome, Indianapolis
When: Saturday, February 23, beginning at 11 a.m.
Channel: NFL Network (coverage available in High Definition; check with your provider)