Eight Knights Selected for Phil Steele's 2011 Midseason Awards

Oct. 13, 2011

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By Brian Ormiston

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - As the college football world settles in to the midway point of the 2011 season, Phil Steele released his Midseason All-Conference USA Team Thursday. A total of eight UCF student-athletes were honored, including junior cornerback Josh Robinson who received a spot on the Midseason All-America Fourth Team.

Phil Steele's College Football Preview is one of the nation's most informative preseason football magazines, and will be releasing all-conference and All-America teams at the end of the season as well.

Robinson already has seven pass break-ups and two interceptions on the year, and ranks in UCF's career top-10 in both categories (fifth with 10 picks and sixth with 28 break-ups). He was one of two C-USA players that earned All-American recognition by Phil Steele (Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry).

Members of the All-C-USA First Team a year ago, Robinson and junior safety Kemal Ishmael both joined sophomore defensive tackle Victor Gray on Phil Steele's Midseason All-C-USA First Team. Ishmael is second on the team with 26 tackles, and Gray has 16 takedowns with 3.5 tackles for loss, a sack and five quarterback hurries.

Representing UCF on the second team, senior tight end Adam Nissley has set a career-high with 11 receptions this season for 156 yards, and junior offensive guard Theo Goins has helped pave the way to the Knights ranking 29th in the nation and second in the league in rushing with 198.20 yards per game.

And on the third team, junior center Jordan Rae has started every game dating back to last season and was a big factor in UCF gaining at least 235 rushing yards in three games in 2011. Over on defense, junior defensive end Troy Davis has collected seven tackles with 1.5 TFLs and four quarterback pressures, while junior outside linebacker Jonathan Davis successfully made the switch from running back in the offseason to total 21 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss which rank fourth in C-USA.

The Knights stand at 3-2 on the season and will carry a 1-0 C-USA mark into their meeting with SMU in Dallas Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET. The Mustangs are receiving votes in both national polls, and own a 4-1 overall record with a 2-0 league mark.

UCF football mini-plans for the three remaining home games can still be purchased online at UCFAthletics.com or by calling the UCF Athletics Ticket Office at (407) 823-1000. Should UCF host the C-USA Championship Game for the fourth time in seven years, it would be played on Saturday, Dec. 3, and season ticket holders will receive the first shot at the best seats.