Former Knights Join NFL Teams for Rookie Camps


GO KNIGHTS Kemal Ishmael already participated in Atlanta's rookie camp.
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Kemal Ishmael already participated in Atlanta's rookie camp.
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May 9, 2013

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By Brian Ormiston
UCFAthletics.com

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - After Latavius Murray (Oakland, sixth round) and Kemal Ishmael (Atlanta, seventh round) were selected in the 2013 NFL Draft April 27, several Knights have officially signed with NFL teams as undrafted free agents, according to the organizations' websites.

UCF's Undrafted Free Agents
CB A.J. Bouye - Houston Texans
DE Troy Davis - New York Jets
OG Theo Goins - Atlanta Falcons
DE Cam Henderson - Atlanta Falcons
WR/KR Quincy McDuffie - Denver Broncos
OLB Ray Shipman - New Orleans Saints

Meanwhile, running back Brynn Harvey already attended the Jacksonville Jaguars rookie mini-camp on a workout basis. The Falcons also have held their rookie camp, while the Texans, Jets, Broncos and Saints will conduct theirs this weekend.

In 2012, UCF led Conference USA for the second-straight season with the most players on NFL opening-day rosters with 14, and eventually had 15 former Knights on NFL rosters during the season.

Bouye started all 14 games at cornerback in 2012, earning All-C-USA Second Team honors in the process. He became one of just three players in UCF history to have an interception return for a touchdown and a fumble return for a touchdown in the same season, and ended the year with 111 interception return yards which rank fifth on the UCF single-season chart. The Tucker, Ga., native had a career-high three interceptions and 53 tackles in 2012, while posting 110 tackles, six interceptions and 13 break-ups from 2009-12.

Catapulting to 2012 All-C-USA First Team accolades as a defensive end, Davis busted out for eight sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss, and smashing his previous career-high with 72 tackles. A product of Lawrenceville, Ga., he ranks in a tie for 10th on the UCF career list with 18.5 sacks, and capped off his collegiate stay in Orlando with 127 tackles, 28 tackles for loss and an interception.

Goins and Henderson join a Falcons squad which already features former Knights Asante Samuel, Adam Nissley and Ishmael. Goins, who hails from Houston, was on the Outland Trophy Watch List in 2012, which is handed out to the nation's top interior lineman. He started seven games at left guard as a senior, while in 2011 Goins made 10 starts and earned All-C-USA Honorable Mention status.

Henderson ventured to UCF in 2011 out of Navarro College and his hometown of Birmingham, Ala. Following a junior campaign in which he had 15 tackles, the defensive end produced 46 tackles with six tackles for loss, a blocked field goal and a fumble recovery in 2012.

Now part of a Broncos roster which features kicker Matt Prater who is another former Knight and undrafted free agent, McDuffie was a two-time All-American in a Black and Gold uniform. That was highlighted by first-team honors by Sports Illustrated this past season for his work as a kick returner. A graduate of Orlando's Edgewater High School, McDuffie led the nation with a 34.2 kickoff-return average and tied a school record with three touchdowns. He also matched a NCAA record with two returns for touchdowns at Marshall, and stands as UCF's career record-holder with 90 returns, 2,501 yards and six touchdowns. Meanwhile, McDuffie had 1,102 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, and racked up 411 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground as well.

Shipman came to the UCF football program following two seasons with the University of Florida basketball team. He was able to suit up in 2011 where he started two games at outside linebacker and notched 35 tackles with 4.5 tackles for loss and an interception. One year later, Shipman was voted on to the C-USA All-Academic Team and amassed 91 tackles.

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