12/13/2012 - 2012 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB-Kemal Ishmael, Sr., UCF, has been selected First Team All-Conference USA (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. 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. - UCF football
12/06/2012 - 2012 CONFERENCE USA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Defensive recognition went to UCF senior DB Kemal Ishmael, who joins back-to-back winner Bruce Miller (2009-10) as the only Knights to win the award. Ishmael has started 48-straight games dating back to his true freshman season in 2009 and leads UCF in tackles for the third straight year, having recorded 116 stops. He has moved up to third place on the school's all-time tackles list with 360. Ishmael is tied for the league lead with three fumbles recovered and tied for fifth in interceptions with three. He also has five tackles for loss, seven passes defended, two forced fumbles and one sack in leading the Knights to the East Division title and a spot in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla. - Conference USA football
10/07/2012 - DB Kemal Ishmael, UCF's leading tackler in back-to-back seasons, is now one of the most prolific defenders in Golden Knights history. Ishmael cracked UCF's all-time top 10 in tackles after making nine stops against East Carolina, putting him 10th on the career chart with 286 total stops.
10/04/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DB Kemal Ishmael made his 39th consecutive start on Saturday, snared the fourth interception of his career and inched closer to cementing himself as one of the 10 most prolific defenders in Golden Knights history. Ishmael, heading into Thursday's game with East Carolina, needs just two more tackles to tie Cory Hogue for 10th all-time. - The Sports Xchange
09/30/2012 - DB Kemal Ishmael made his 39th consecutive start on Saturday, snared the fourth interception of his career and inched closer to cementing himself as one of the 10 most prolific defenders in Golden Knights history. Ishmael, heading into Thursday's game with East Carolina, needs just two more tackles to tie Cory Hogue for 10th all-time.
09/23/2012 - FS Kemal Ishmael heads into the Missouri game needing just eight tackles to tie Cory Hogue for the 10th spot on UCF's all-time list.
09/05/2012 - Last season, UCF defeated its first two opponents by a combined margin of 92-3. Then the Golden Knights went into a funk, losing two straight ballgames and four of five on the way to a 5-7 finish. So it's understandable to be a bit hesitant to anoint the Golden Knights as world beaters following a 56-14 shellacking of home-standing Akron on Thursday in both teams' mutual season opener. Still, UCF looked mighty sharp. The Golden Knights scored the first 35 points in the game, QB Blake Bortles completed better than 75 percent of his passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start, the running offense topped 200 collective yards, and the defense shut out the Zips through the first half and forced four turnovers over the course of the game. "I'm just happy for the win," UCF senior DB Kemal Ishmael told the Orlando Sentinel after the game. "We went out there. We showed some good things, we did some bad things. Everything's correctable, but we played a good game." Time will tell how or if UCF can sustain its fine play from Week One, especially since the degree of difficulty intensifies in a big way with the Golden Knights traveling to face Urban Meyer's Ohio State team this week. Meanwhile, all the wins tallied in 2012 will simply be registered for pride if UCF loses its current appeal of the one-year postseason ban handed down by the NCAA this summer for recruiting violations. Ishmael made his 36th straight start, a team high. - The Sports Xchange
09/02/2012 - S Kemal Ishmael made his 36th straight start, a team high.
08/29/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: UCF lacked a real disruptive force on the front line in 2011. Victor Gray thinks he can be that guy, going on the record that he wants to be the Conference USA defensive player of the year. The starting LB corps is intriguing, with sophomore Terrance Plummer in the middle, and the outside spots manned by converted RB Jonathan Davis and former Florida Gators basketball player Ray Shipman. Incumbent safety Kemal Ishmael has led the team in tackles in consecutive seasons and anchors the back end. QUOTE TO NOTE: "I love the new coaches," Ishmael said. "They're just special. They've taught me so many different things. I just feel like everyone is closer right now and we're going to have special season." - The Sports Xchange
07/24/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE USA TEAM (COACHES): DB Kemal Ishmael, Sr., UCF...A member of the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List, which is handed out to the top defensive back in the nation, Ishmael needs just 35 more tackles to crack UCF's all-time top 10. The three-year starter at safety boasts 244 tackles in his career, and led the Knights in tackles in both 2010 and 2011. As a junior, the Miami native had 81 tackles with three break-ups, and in 2010, Ishmael collected 93 tackles with two interceptions en route to being voted onto the All-C-USA First Team. He leads all returning players by owning a current streak of 35-straight starts. - UCF football
07/18/2012 - 2012 JIM THORPE AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Kemal Ishmael, Central Florida S, Sr., has been selected to the Preseason Jim Thorpe Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to the best defensive back in college football by the Jim Thorpe Association. One of four players (two safeties and two cornerbacks) from Conference USA on this year's preseason watch list, Ishmael has racked up 244 tackles dating back to his true freshman season in 2009. He enters 2012 looking for just 35 more tackles to tie Cory Hogue for 10th on the UCF all-time list (Hogue amassed 279 tackles from 2006-09, while Rick Hamilton holds the record with 443 from 1989-92). In 2011, Ishmael paced the Knights in tackles for the second-straight year, racking up 81 including 2.5 for a loss. As a sophomore, he notched 93 tackles with five break-ups and two interceptions. Ishmael has nine-career break-ups and three picks while playing in all 39 UCF games from 2009-11. He leads all returning players by owning a current streak of 35-straight starts, as he came off the bench for the first four games as a freshman before serving as the starting free safety ever since. After being on the 2010 All-C-USA First Team, Ishmael was a 2011 All-C-USA Honorable Mention pick and a 2011 Phil Steele Midseason All-C-USA First Team selection. He is one of seven Knights who have received spots on national preseason watch lists in 2012. - Central Florida football
06/29/2012 - Ishmael acknowledges that the Knights sorely underperformed during the 2011 season and knows they evaded opportunity far too often. After the year wrapped up, head coach George O'Leary was vocal about his disappointment in the defense's ability to get off the field in crucial spots and make big plays - something that Ishmael and many of the returning players took to heart. "For us, this season is not about coming out there and goofing off. We want to show everybody that last year was horrible and we have a lot of making up to do," Ishmael said. "We should have been a top team last season, but we didn't make enough plays or finish games that we had in the bag." Still, the Miami-native is very optimistic about the campaign ahead and says his teammates are, too. "The excitement level is very high," he said. Ishmael is closing on some notable career numbers and his senior season could go a long way in deciding if he'll be suiting up on Sunday following his time in Orlando, but when the rising senior starts talking about his personal goals, he says they are taking a backseat this season. "When I see a chance to take the ball, I'm not as stagey as I was back then. I need to let my teammates have opportunities and get them involved," Ishmael said. The offseason following the 2011 campaign saw plenty of shifting. The change has been a lot for him and his teammates to handle, yet notable improvements in focus have been made, and Ishmael plans to maintain that determination within the locker room. "[I want to] make sure there are no on- or off-the-field issues," Ishmael said. "We have been working harder in the weight room and on the field, doing more running. We've been watching film and sitting in the film room scouting our future opponents before the season even begins. "Just putting in a lot of work." - Miranda Burgan, Central Florida Future