UCF continued to rack up its postseason awards on Wednesday when safety Kemal Ishmael earned Conference USA defensive player of the year honors and Quincy McDuffie was named C-USA special teams player of the year.
The awards were voted on by the league's coaches.
Ishmael, one of the team's three captains, ranks third all-time in UCF history with 360 career tackles. Ishmael leads the team in tackles for the third-straight year with a personal-best 116 stops. He also is tied for for first in C-USA with three fumble recoveries and tied for fifth with three interceptions.
Ishmael has started 48-straight games since his freshman season in 2009.
"He's a great competitor," UCF coach George O'Leary said in a feature about Ishmael earlier this season. "I think when you look at guys, you talk about winners, everybody wants to win, but there's not very many that work to win. Kemal's out there, he works to win every day in practice. . . . He's respected because of what he does."
McDuffie's kickoff return touchdown against East Carolina came with the Knights down by two scores and altered the course of that early C-USA game, eventually setting the Knights on to a path to an East Division title and spot in the conference championship.
He is UCF's career kickoff return leader with 90 returns, 2,501 yards and six touchdowns. This season, he ranks first nationally with a 34.2 yard per return average. He has racked up 582 yards on 17 returns.