Former Tennessee player found dead in Florida home

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A two-time Little All-American offensive lineman was found dead on a couch in his home last night.

Police in Jacksonville, Florida, say no foul play is suspected in the death of 24-year-old Heath Benedict. The 6-foot-6, 320-pounder from Newberry College in South Carolina, finished up his senior season last fall and left school to train for next month's NFL draft.

Benedict redshirted at Tennessee in 2002 before moving to Newberry.

In January, he became the first Division II player to participate in the Senior Bowl since 2004 and earned an invitation to last month's NFL combine.

Authorities say Benedict's body was taken to the medical examiner's office to determine the cause of death.


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