Former UCF linebacker Ray Shipman is among the players making an impression early on in his rookie career.
Knights fans can answer that question for him.
Shipman transferred to UCF after playing two years of basketball at Florida, where he appeared in 68 games with one start. After sitting out 2010, Shipman worked his way into the starting linebacker spot as a junior and last season started all 12 games at outside linebacker.
The 6-foot-5, 242-pound Shipman had 91 tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss last season, and was voted onto the Conference USA all-academic team after the season.
Shipman is not the only recent Knight-turned-pro that has prompted some early chatter out of minicamps and OTAs.
Running back Latavius Murray continues to make an impression on reporters and coaches out in Oakland, where he was a sixth round draft pick. Raiders coach Dennis Allen recently praised Murray for how he has looked in OTAs.
"Probably the thing that's been most impressive is that he's picked up everything offensively from a schematic standpoint, assignment wise," Allen said, according to rotoworld.com. "He's done a great job. He's done a nice job in pass protection. That's one of the things you see with young backs that they struggle with at times."
To his credit, Murray has praised the preparation he received at UCF, where his work in the pro-style offense had him ready to jump right in to camps, he said.
"Just the fact that I come from a pro-style offense, it’s a lot easier for me than some other guys who run that hurry-up offense," Murray told reporters. I think I’m able to take what we do in the meeting rooms and be able to come out here and perform well. I think that’s the most important as long as you can play without thinking you can play fast."
The Houston Chronicle recently wrote that cornerback A.J. Bouye, another undrafted free agent, has "made some flashy plays" in OTAs.
Reigning Conference USA defensive player of the year Kemal Ishmael, who recently inked a four-year, $2.2 million contract with Atlanta, has turned some heads in early camps, too. Ishmael had an interception and forced a turnover in a recent practice, which Falcons coach Mike Smith talked about with reporters.