UCF DB Preview

When you think of strength of UCF Defense this season you look to the backbone of the defense in the secondary.

The Knights will be led by two of the nation’s top playmakers in junior’s cornerback Josh Robinson and safety Kemal Ishmael.   Starting along with Ishmael at safety will be redshirt freshman Clayton Geathers while junior corner AJ Bouye will start opposite Robinson at cornerback.

“We take coaching from one another, communicating with one another help with one another in every aspect of the game” said Robinson who along with Ishmael will lead a secondary that has no seniors.

Ishmael led the team last season with 93 tackles and 2 interceptions and is the player that UCF Head Coach George O’Leary values as one of more important players on the team. “Kemal is the unsung hero of this team” O’Leary said. “He does a lot of things for the football team not just on defense but on special teams. He the guy that directs traffic back there.”

Robinson had 59 tackles and 2 interceptions last season but wants to return to his freshman season when he led the team with six interceptions.

“Josh is an impressive player he fast, great footwork he brings ability to the game that he can make plays that no one else can” said Ishmael on Robinson. Both players feed off each other and push the other to play to highest level.  “If I am down, I feed of Josh, if he down he feeds of me” said Ishmael.

Though secondary is young it has a lot of talent and has a chance to be among best in school history and with Robinson and Ishmael leading the way the Knights  should get great play out of the secondary

News and Notes

            Check out video interviews with Kemal Ishmael  here and Josh Robinson here from media day.

  • Check out  In-depth UCF Football preview from ESPN1080.Com Insiders Show  with guest UCFSports.com Brandon Helwig right here.
  • Check out my previous UCF Position previews on Defensive Line and Wide Receivers
  • UCF Basketball will travel on November 14thto play Florida State check out details from my story earlier in the week right here for details on how it happen.
  • UCF Men’s soccer season gets underway this weekend. High expectations for program as they are ranked 19thin Soccer America poll. ESPN1080 recently interviewed UCF Men’s Soccer Coach Bryan Cunningham to preview upcoming season check it out  here
  • UCF Women’s volleyball season gets underway this weekend as well check out UCF Volleyball Coach Todd Dagenais preview upcoming season on UCFAthletics.com  with Jeff Sharon right here.
  • UFC  134 this weekend in Brazil. Check out preview of UFC 134 on ESPN1080.Com podcast of MMA’s Round 3 as MMA guru Brian Wininger break down the card check it out  here
  • Here Wininger’s  Winners  for UFC 134
  • Silva over Okami,  Rua over Griffin, Schaub over Nogueira,Barbosa over Pearson and Cane over Nedkov
  • Check out ESPN1080.Com Insiders Show Sundays 10-11am eastern.
  • Check out ESPN1080.Com Insiders Show previews of FSU here and Florida Gators football here
  • ESPN1080.Com Insiders Top 25 poll right here