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Draft Zone Spotlight: Ray Shipman, LB, University of Central Florida Ray Shipman is a very special athlete, we are not talking about a four year starting linebacker who has all the talent in the world. He was voted onto the C-USA All-Academic Team, and started 12 games on the season, amassing 91 tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss.  What makes this more special is the fact that he was a point guard coming out of school for the Florida Gators.  Shipman became a strong linebacker for the UCF Knights after spending two years on the Gators Basketball team.  He made the transition seem fairly easy.  This kid is athletic and at 6’5, 240 pounds this kid is a gamer ladies and gentlemen. How many teams were recruiting you coming out of high school and how did you make your decision? Every basketball program in the country was recruiting my senior year. I chose the University of Florida because of their past success and it was close to home. My freshman year of high school UF, UM and Duke were looking at me for football, but they stopped when I stopped playing football after my freshmen year of high school. Has it always been your dream to be an NFL football player? Being a professional athlete in general has always been a dream of mine. Growing up I wanted to be the first player to be able to play in both the NFL and NBA Who was your favorite NFL team growing up, and did you have a player you rooted for? Growing up my favorite team was the Minnesota Vikings and my favorite player was SEAN TAYLOR At your position, how do you break down film, please inform our readers what you look for when breaking down film? I break down film by looking at tendencies, down and distance, run to pass ratio, personnel’s and formations. When it comes to individual positions opponents I look for their strengths, weaknesses what they are comfortable doing and what they are uncomfortable doing. When I study o linemen I look for their weak spots, their quickness, and pay attention to their cadences and how light they are on their feet. What is the best accolade/award you have ever received from playing football? Conference USA All-Academic  first team Now that your college football eligibility is up what’s your next move? Train to play in the NFL When did you really feel you had a good chance of making your dream come true? When I received my football scholarship after transferring from University of Florida What is your favorite food? Liver and Onions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7l__1HlKhc  Do you have any pre game rituals? Pray What would you tell NFL teams that are weary of taking a late round flyer on you? That I am a hard worker who over comes obstacles and strives for perfections and takes on opportunities when they are presented. If you could compare your play to someone in the NFL, who would it be? Rolando McClain What is the most tragic event in your life that has happened and how did you bounce back? When my Dad was diagnosed with Cancer, we prayed as a family and asked to give me strength seeing him fight it. It taught me to cherish each day and make the most of every day God gives you n this earth. I bounced back by pray and watching him beat cancer Who has had your back through the good and the bad as you’ve moved on balancing life as a student athlete? My Family especially my MOM and DAD they have been there threw it all and have had nothing but helped and encouraged me. What’s your plan if you go undrafted? To finish Grad School Everyone asks this question but I’m curious to know what will you buy first with your first NFL pay check? Something for my Parents to show my appreciation Finish this sentence for me, Come July 2013 I will be_____________? on a NFL 53 man Roster
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