Ishmael, McDuffie to Compete in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Jan. 19
Jan. 10, 2013
By Brian Ormiston
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Two members of the winningest senior class in school history will put on the UCF helmet one more time when they travel to California for the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Jan. 19. The game will be held at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and kick off at 6 p.m. on ESPN2. ESPNU also will air live broadcasts from practices Jan. 17.
For one week preceding the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, participants will receive an in-depth introduction to the union - the primary resource for information on the business of football and how to succeed in the NFL and in post-football careers.
Pro football players and coaching legends will work with the game's future stars, giving them first-hand insight on what it takes to win on and off the field. Herm Edwards and Dick Vermeil will serve as the head coaches for the American and National Teams. Player Ambassadors for the game include former NFL players Terrell Davis, Hank Baskett, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Lorenzo Neal and Andre Reed.
The Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year, Ishmael serves as UCF's all-time leader among defensive backs with 368 tackles, which also places him third overall. He was a two-time member of the All-C-USA First Team, and in 2012 he led the Knights with a career-high 124 tackles. Ishmael also notched 5.0 tackles for loss, a sack, three interceptions and four break-ups.
Ishmael started 49-straight games at free safety to end his UCF career, helping to guide the Knights to 34 wins from 2009-12, three bowl games, two bowl victories, two C-USA East Division titles and a C-USA Championship.
Also a two-time member of the All-C-USA First Team as a kick returner, McDuffie received all-American status for the second time in his career in 2012 when Sports Illustrated placed him on its first team. He was voted as the C-USA Special Teams Player of the Year as well. The Orlando product led the nation in kickoff returns with a 34.24 average on 582 yards and 17 returns. He also tied a school record with three touchdowns, including matching the NCAA record with two in a game when he accomplished the feat at Marshall.
For his career, McDuffie is UCF's all-time leader with 90 kickoff returns, 2,501 yards and six touchdowns. This past season, he also had 28 receptions for 350 yards and three touchdowns. McDuffie, the only UCF wide receiver to have at least 100 rushing yards in a season in program history, amassed 170 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground.