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April 1, 2011

A Conversation with Ray Shipman

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Ray Shipman is getting the hang of playing football again.

Once a star basketball player who went on to play at the University of Florida, the Miami native made the decision this past summer to transfer to UCF not to play hoops, but to pursue his first love of football.

Shipman, who missed all of preseason camp under the belief he'd have to sit out the year, found out just two days before the season opening game against South Dakota that he could actually play in 2010 with three years of eligibility remaining.

He saw game action on special teams against NC State, but mostly stayed on scout team to try to learn the ropes of linebacker. Now a junior, Shipman entered the spring as the No. 1 strongside linebacker but now could be settling into the role of middle linebacker.

UCFSports.com caught up with Shipman after Tuesday's practice to talk about the transition from basketball to football, his desire to succeed on the gridiron and his thoughts about the upcoming Final Four.

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