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Benedict has grown up on the road to the Senior Bowl

Heath Benedict admits he partied his way out of Tennessee, but he has matured both on and off the field at Newberry College and now has a chance at the Senior Bowl to prove he has NFL talent.

Updated: January 25, 2008, 2:50 PM ET
By Chris Low | ESPN.com

MOBILE, Ala. -- Heath Benedict, the only Division II player at the Senior Bowl, was pretty hard to find this season.

Which is odd, when you consider the offensive tackle's hulking 6-foot-5, 321-pound frame.

"It's up to me to prove that I belong, and I believe that I do," said Benedict, who played this season closer to 345 pounds but had dropped more than 20 pounds when he went through the Senior Bowl weigh-in on Monday.

"There's no hiding here. Everybody you go against ...

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