College Preview: Beef O’Brady’s Bowl

  • Beef O’Brady’s Bowl
  • Central Florida (9-3) vs. Ball State (9-3)
  • Friday, December 21, 6:30 p.m. CST, on ESPN
  • Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida

University of Central Florida

#18 FS Kemal Ishmael, Senior – 5-11, 208 pounds, 4.65 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 7th-round potential.

The head coaches in Conference USA voted Ishmael the league’s defensive player of the year for his play in the 2012 season for the Knights. He’s finished with 116 total tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and the first sack of his career. Ishmael has started 48 consecutive games at UCF; that’s the longest streak of starts for a defensive back in the country. He earned his second spot on the C-USA first-team defense; the first came in 2010.

In the past season, he had 6 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble against Missouri. In the second overtime against Southern Mississippi his interception closed out UCF’s first overtime victory. Against UAB he had 10 tackles, 2 tackles for minus yardage, two passes broken up and a sack. In the conference championship game he had 14 tackles and forced a fumble against Tulsa.

Ishmael grew up in Miami and attended North Miami Beach High School, where he played wide receiver and defensive back. He was named All-Dade County as a senior.

At UCF he majored in general studies with a minor in coaching.

Year

G/S

Tot Tk.

TFL

Sks

FF

RF

Int

Yds

PD

2009

13/9

70

1

0

0

1

1

0

1

2010

14/14

93

1

0

2

1

2

12

5

2011

12/12

81

2.5

0

1

1

0

0

3

2012

13/13

116

5

1

2

3

3

46

2

Total

52/48

360

9.5

1

5

6

6

58

11

Other Central Florida players that may be considered during the draft evaluation period:

#68 G Theo Goins, Redshirt-Senior – 6-3, 320 pounds, 5.46 seconds in 40-yard dash, 7th-round potential.

#46 OLB Ray Shipman, Redshirt-Senior – 6-4, 242 pounds, 4.76 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 7th-round potential, (played basketball at Florida then transferred to UCF.)

#21 CB A.J. Bouye, Senior – 6-0, 186 pounds, 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 7th-round potential.

#14 WR Quincy McDuffie, Senior – 5-9, 178 pounds, 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 7th-round potential.

#28 RB Latavius Murray, Redshirt-Senior – 6-3, 223 pounds, 4.62 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 7th-round potential.

Ball State University Cardinals

#6 CB Jason Pinkston, Senior – 6-0, 184 pounds, 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 22 (12/18/90), 7th-round potential.

Pinkston is a bit of an enigma to evaluators after a disappointing senior season where he lost his starting job early and did not get back in the opening group until the schedule’s final game when he had 7 total tackles against Miami (Ohio). He had just 24 total tackles and no interceptions through the bowl game. Pinkston got everyone’s attention in 2010 when he had a huge sophomore season when he started all 12 games with 61 total tackles, 4 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles. He earned third-team All-Mid-America Conference defensive honors. But his 2011 season was hampered by a nagging hamstring injury that knocked him out of four games and limited him in two others.

He’s out of Cleveland, Ohio and played at Glenville High School for Ted Ginn Sr., where the team was ranked No. 1 in Ohio during Pinkston’s senior season when they finished 11-1.

Pinkston majored in communication studies at Ball State.

Year

G/S

Tot Tk.

TFL

FF

RF

Int

PD

2009

10/2

25

1

0

0

3

3

2010

12/12

61

1.5

2

0

4

11

2011

8/8

32

0

1

1

1

4

2012

11/3

24

1.5

1

0

0

4

Total

41/25

142

4

4

1

8

22

Other Ball State players that may be considered during the draft evaluation period:

#18 P Scott Kovanda, Redshirt-Senior – 6-2, 205 pounds, 4.84 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 23 years old (7/11/89), 7th-round potential. (A finalist for the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter.)

#11 OLB Jonathan Newsome, Junior – 6-2, 236 pounds, 4.79 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 7th-round potential. (Ohio State transfer.)

#77 OT Austin Holtz, Redshirt-Senior – 6-5, 305 pounds, 5.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 23 years old (11/1/89), 7th-round potential.

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