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Just found this on Rivals.com : 24 year old Heath Benedict, a OL line prospect from Newberry College in S.C. , was found dead in his home Wednesday evening. He began his career at Tennessee before transferring to Newberry. He was nominated as one of the top OL at the Division II level . He played this year at the Senior Bowl and was at the NFL combine last month. Apparently he died of natural causes said his agent. Police ruled out foul play. He was expected to go in the 3rd or 4th round of this years NFL draft. He went to HS at Peddie School in Hightstown , NJ and was a Parade All American prior to accepting a scholarship to Tenn. :rip:

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Former Newberry offensive lineman Benedict found dead at home

Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Heath Benedict, a two-time Little All-American offensive lineman from Newberry College in South Carolina, was found dead on a couch in his home.

Jacksonville police said no foul play is suspected in the death of the 24-year-old Benedict, a 6-foot-6, 326-pounder who finished up his senior season in the fall and left school to train for next month's NFL Draft. He was nine hours short of a business degree.

Benedict took part in the Senior Bowl in January, the first Division II player to do so since 2004, and was invited to last month's NFL Combine.

"He was a big, tough man, but he had a very gentle heart," Newberry president Mick Zais said. "He was a teddy bear."

Benedict, who redshirted at Tennessee in 2002 before moving to Newberry, was a native of the Netherlands. He played high school football at the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J.

Jacksonville police spokesman Ken Jefferson said Benedict's body was taken to the medical examiner's office to determine the cause of his death. He was found dead Wednesday evening.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

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