UCF sends Murray, Ishmael to NFL

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Saturday served as a day UCF running back Latavius Murray and safety Kemal Ishmael will remember the rest of their lives, as Murray was selected in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders and Ishmael was taken in the seventh round by the Atlanta Falcons.

 

A native of Nedrow, N.Y., Murray served as the 181st overall pick of this year’s draft, and was the first Knight taken by the Raiders since Doug Gabriel was tagged in the fifth round in 2003. For Ishmael, the Miami product was the 243rd pick of the draft, and the first Knight to be taken by the Atlanta Falcons in school history.

 

The Knights’ first began play in Conference USA in the 2005 season, and they just wrapped up its final campaign in the league this past year. During that time, UCF was the only school in the conference to have at least one player taken in every NFL Draft from 2006-13, marking eight-consecutive NFL Drafts in which a Knight heard his name called.

 

Through this year’s draft, the Knights lead C-USA with 12 draft picks dating back to UCF’s first NFL Draft as a member of the league in 2005-06.

 

Most NFL Draft Picks from C-USA Schools from 2006-13

  1. UCF – 12
  2. SMU – 9
  3. East Carolina – 8
  4. UTEP – 6
  5. Rice - 6

 

Since 1987 when Ted Wilson and Elgin Davis became the first Knights to be selected in school history, a total of 31 UCF student-athletes have heard their name called by NFL organizations.

 

Murray began making a name for himself as a redshirt sophomore in 2010. That season, he was the C-USA Championship Game MVP and the AutoZone Liberty Bowl MVP when he rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown in the victory over Georgia.

 

He was then named the team’s MVP in 2011 before dominating defenses as a senior in 2012, where he garnered All-C-USA First Team honors by the league’s head coaches. A Doak Walker Award Watch List member, Murray was the first player in school history to have a rushing touchdown in nine-straight games, and did not lose a fumble in his final 407 carries as a Knight. Overall, he fumbled the ball just three times out of 453-collegiate carries.

 

Murray wrapped up his senior season with 1,106 rushing yards on 198 carries, posting 15 rushing touchdowns in the process. All-time in Black and Gold, Murray was second in UCF history in overall touchdowns (44), eighth in attempts (453), sixth in yards (2,424) and third in rushing touchdowns (37).

 

As a receiver, Murray hauled in 50 passes for 524 yards and six touchdowns in his career. That included 27 receptions in 2012. He also had a 69-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Southern Miss during his junior campaign.

 

Ishmael wasted little time breaking into the UCF defensive back, starting nine games as a true freshman in 2009. That started a stretch where he started 49-straight games at free safety for the Knights to end his career.

 

A 2010 All-C-USA First Team honoree, he stepped it up even further as a senior when he was voted as the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year. The Jim Thorpe Award Watch List member finished his time in Orlando as UCF’s all-time top tackler among defensive backs, and ranked third overall with 368 tackles.

 

In 2012 alone, Ishmael had 124 tackles, which was good for ninth in single-season history. One of his biggest moments was his overtime interception to seal the win over Southern Miss, while he notched his first sack as a Knight on his final play at Bright House Networks Stadium.

 

In all, Ishmael played in 53 games with six forced fumbles, six recoveries, 13 passes defended and six interceptions.

 

Plan your game days with the Knights in 2013, and experience one of the best schedules in program history in the best available seat locations at Bright House Networks Stadium. 2013 season tickets start at $99. To secure your UCF football season tickets, visit UCFAthletics.com or call 407-UCF-1000. 

 

UCF Football in the NFL Draft

Player                        Pos.      Team                                  Year          Round    Pick

Ted Wilson                WR        Washington Redskins      1987         10             274

Elgin Davis                 DB         New England Patriots      1987         12             330

Bernard Ford            WR        Buffalo Bills                       1988         3                65

Corris Ervin               DB         Denver Broncos               1988         5                136

Raymond Irvin          DB         Cleveland Browns            1991         9                225

Shawn Jefferson       WR        Houston Oilers                 1991         9                240

Bob Spitulski             LB          Seattle Seahawks             1992         3                66

Rick Hamilton            LB          Washington Redskins      1993         3                71

Greg Jefferson          DE         Philadelphia Eagles          1995         3                72

Marquette Smith      RB         Carolina Panthers            1996         5                142

Daunte Culpepper   QB         Minnesota Vikings            1999         1                11

Paul Miranda            DB         Indianapolis Colts             1999         4                96

Charles Lee               WR        Green Bay Packers          2000         7                242

Travis Fisher              DB         St. Louis Rams                   2002         2                64

Asante Samuel          DB         New England Patriots      2003         4                120

Doug Gabriel             WR        Oakland Raiders               2003         5                167

Mike Mabry              OL         Baltimore Ravens             2003         7                250

Elton Patterson         DE         Cincinnati Bengals            2003         7                259

Michael Gaines         TE          Carolina Panthers            2004         7                234

Brandon Marshall    WR        Denver Broncos               2006         4                119

Mike Sims-Walker    WR        Jacksonville Jaguars         2007         3                79

Kevin Smith               TB          Detroit Lions                     2008         3                64

Josh Sitton                 OL         Green Bay Packers          2008         4                135

Mike Merritt             TE          Kansas City Chiefs            2008         7                239

Joe Burnett               CB         Pittsburgh Steelers          2009         5                168

Torell Troup              DT         Buffalo Bills                       2010         2                41

Jah Reid                     OT         Baltimore Ravens             2011         3                85

Bruce Miller              DE/FB   San Francisco 49ers        2011         7                211

Josh Robinson           DB         Minnesota Vikings            2012         3                66

Latavius Murray       RB         Oakland Raiders               2013         6                181

Kemal Ishmael          DB         Atlanta Falcons                 2013         7                243