Football: Best of the Best Knights

A total of nine Knights honored by the league's head coaches.

Football: Best of the Best Knights

Postseason awards were handed out by the league office Tuesday, and the UCF football team paced the entire league with six Knights named to the All-Conference USA First Team. C-USA’s 12 head coaches selected the all-conference squads, with UCF having two first-team picks on offense, defense and special teams.

Nine Knights overall received a spot on either the first or second team, ranking behind only Tulsa, which had 10. UCF’s six student-athletes tagged to the first team tied a school record, as the 2007 Knights also earned six All-C-USA First Team selections.

UCF’s All-Conference USA Honorees

  • DL Troy Davis – Sr. – First Team
  • DB Kemal Ishmael – Sr. – First Team
  • KR Quincy McDuffie – Sr. – First Team
  • RB Latavius Murray – Sr. – First Team
  • OL Jordan Rae – Sr. – First Team
  • PR J.J. Worton – So. – First Team
  • QB Blake Bortles – So. – Second Team
  • DB A.J. Bouye – Sr. – Second Team
  • OL Torrian Wilson – So. – Second Team
  • WR Rannell Hall – So. – Honorable Mention
  • OL Jordan McCray – Jr. – Honorable Mention
  • TE Justin Tukes – So. – Honorable Mention

UCF’s Conference USA All-Freshman Team Members

  • DL Deion Green
  • WR Breshad Perriman

Senior free safety Kemal Ishmael and senior kick returner Quincy McDuffie picked up a spot on the first team for the second time in their careers (both in 2010). Meanwhile, senior defensive end Troy Davis, senior running back Latavius Murray, senior center Jordan Rae and sophomore punt returner J.J. Worton all were voted onto the first team as well, marking their first appearances on either the first or second team. All three team captains were on the first team (Ishmael, Murray, Rae).

Three players represent UCF on the second team in sophomore quarterback Blake Bortles, senior cornerback A.J. Bouye and sophomore left tackle Torrian Wilson. For Bortles, it marks the first time in school history in which a UCF quarterback was voted on to an all-conference first or second team (dating back to UCF’s first year in a league when it was a member of the MAC in 2002).

For the complete list of C-USA awards, visit C-USA’s top individual award winners will be announced Wednesday.

UCF’s Award Winners in Alphabetical Order

Blake Bortles – Sophomore Quarterback – Oviedo, Fla.

All-C-USA Second Team

  • His 2,787 yards are the 10th most in a single season by a UCF quarterback, while is eighth with a 62.6 completion percentage and 22 touchdowns
  • Also has 205 rushing yards with seven touchdowns
  • Has a .021 interception-to-attempt ratio, good for second on the single-season chart behind only Daunte Culpepper in 1998 (.017)
  • Has not thrown an interception in nine of his last 10 games, throwing a pick in just one C-USA game this year
  • Ranks third in C-USA with a 142.5 passer efficiency rating

 A.J. Bouye – Senior Cornerback – Tucker, Ga.

All-C-USA Second Team

  • Sits in a tie for ninth in the league with 10 passes defended on seven break-ups and three interceptions
  • Ran back a 76-yard interception for a touchdown at Tulsa Nov. 17, marking the sixth-longest INT return in school history
  • Also ran back a 79-yard fumble return for a touchdown at Memphis Oct. 20, which was the longest fumble return since the program’s inception in 1979
  • Is one of only three UCF players to record an interception return for a touchdown and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the same season

Troy Davis – Senior Defensive End – Lawrenceville, Ga.

All-C-USA First Team

  • Places seventh in C-USA with 6.5 sacks and fifth with three fumble recoveries
  • Boasts 66 tackles this year, as his previous season high was 29 in 2011
  • His 9.0 tackles for loss in 2012 also are a personal best
  • Tied a school record with two forced fumbles against FIU Sept. 15
  • Has 17.0 career sacks, which is 1.5 shy of entering UCF’s all-time top 10

Deion Green – Freshman Defensive End – Orlando, Fla.

C-USA All-Freshman Team

  • In his first-career start at Marshall Oct. 27, had 2.0 sacks for a loss of 17 yards, and 3.5 tackles for loss (20 yards)
  • Before 2012, Bruce Miller was the last UCF freshman to have at least two sacks in a game (2.0 sacks vs. Tulsa in 2007)
  • Has racked up 18 tackles this year, including 6.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks
  • His four sacks rank second on the team

Rannell Hall – Sophomore Wide Receiver – Miami, Fla.

All-C-USA Honorable Mention

  • An All-C-USA First Team member as a kick returner last year, stepped up on offense in a big way in 2012
  • Has an 18.0-yard average per reception to rank sixth on the UCF single-season chart
  • Places second on the team with 557 receiving yards on 31 catches
  • Tied for the team lead with four touchdown receptions
  • Had just four receptions for 34 yards and no touchdowns a year ago

Kemal Ishmael – Senior Free Safety – Miami, Fla.

All-C-USA First Team

  • Has led UCF in tackles in each of the last three seasons
  • Ranks seventh in C-USA total tackles with 116 and fifth with three fumble recoveries
  • Stands as the all-time leader among UCF defensive backs with 360 career tackles, which also places him third overall
  • Has a career-high three interceptions in 2012, including one in overtime to seal the victory over Southern Miss
  • Registered his first-career sack on his final snap at Bright House Networks Stadium in the win against UAB
  • Also has two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 5.0 tackles for loss

Jordan McCray – Junior Guard – Miami, Fla.

All-C-USA Honorable Mention

  • Started the first seven games at right guard before starting the last six at left guard
  • Has helped the offense rank second in the league in scoring, third in rushing and third in fewest sacks allowed
  • Also enabled running back Latavius Murray to become the seventh different UCF player to post at least 1,000 rushing yards in a season

Quincy McDuffie – Senior Kick Returner – Orlando, Fla.

All-C-USA First Team

  • Leads the nation with a 34.24 kickoff return average (minimum 1.2 returns per game)
  • Tied an NCAA record with two kickoff returns for touchdowns at Marshall Oct. 27
  • Also had a kickoff return for a touchdown vs. East Carolina
  • His three KR for touchdowns are tied for first in UCF single-season history
  • Holds the UCF career kick return records in yards and touchdowns

Latavius Murray – Senior Running Back – Nedrow, N.Y.

All-C-USA First Team

  • The seventh-different Knight to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a season (currently at 1,035)
  • Rushed for more than 100 yards in five games this year, tied for sixth-most in a single season
  • Leads C-USA by averaging 103.5 rushing yards per game and is second in total touchdowns with 16
  • First player in UCF history to have a rushing touchdown in eight-straight games
  • His 192 rushing yards at Memphis Oct. 20 rank as the 12th most in a single game by a Knight
  • Also has 21 receptions for 198 yards and two touchdowns
  • Accomplished these feats even though he missed three games

Breshad Perriman – Freshman Wide Receiver – Lithonia, Ga.

C-USA All-Freshman Team

  • Tied for seventh among all-time UCF true freshman receivers with 21 receptions, while ranking sixth with 298 yards and fourth with three touchdowns
  • Started the year with just one catch in his first three games, but now has a reception in nine of his last 10 games
  • Posted a season-high five catches against Southern Miss Oct. 13 and 65 yards in the C-USA Championship Game
  • Has touchdown catches vs. SMU and in both contests at Tulsa
  • Joined UCF in the spring

Jordan Rae – Senior Center – Weston, Fla.

All-C-USA First Team

  • Came to UCF as a walk-on over on defense, but switched to offense before 2010 and won the starting job as the UCF center
  • Has started 29-straight games at center, and 37 games overall
  • Entered the season as a member of the Rimington Trophy Watch List, which is given annually to the nation’s top center
  • Helped the Knights’ offense rank second in C-USA in scoring, third in rushing and third in fewest sacks allowed
  • His classmate running back Latavius Murray has become the seventh different Knight to post at least 1,000 rushing yards in a season

Justin Tukes – Sophomore Tight End – Sylvester, Ga.

All-C-USA Honorable Mention

  • After a freshman campaign where he caught two passes for 18 yards, has nine catches for 93 yards and two touchdowns in 2012
  • Posted a pair of receptions vs. SMU Nov. 3 and in the C-USA Championship Game at Tulsa Dec. 1
  • Had touchdown catches at Ohio State Sept. 8 and at Memphis Oct. 20
  • Also part of an offense that ranks third in C-USA in rushing and fewest sacks allowed

Torrian Wilson – Sophomore Left Tackle – Miami, Fla.

All-C-USA Second Team

  • Following a year in which he was on the C-USA All-Freshman Team, has jumped up to the All-C-USA Second Team in 2012
  • Started all 13 games at left tackle, protecting quarterback Blake Bortles who was on the second team as well
  • The offensive line ranks third in C-USA in fewest sacks given up this season

J.J. Worton – Sophomore Punt Returner – Homestead, Fla.

All-C-USA First Team

  • Places second in the league and 21st in the nation with an 11.0 punt return average
  • His 11.0 average places him eighth on the UCF single-season list
  • Ran back three punts for 73 yards at Akron, and has six games with at least 29 punt return yards
  • Also leads UCF with 41 receptions, 562 yards and four touchdowns

Carrying a 9-4 record in 2012, UCF was led by a senior class that tied the school record for victories over a four-year stretch as they have won 33 games from 2009-12. The Knights will be taking on Ball State (9-3) in the 2012 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl Friday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

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