McKenzie Milton
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McKenzie Milton

McKenzie Milton
Milton being interview at the Postgame Celebration AAC Championship (38077407604) (cropped).jpg
Milton being interviewed at the trophy presentation for the 2017 American Athletic Conference Championship
UCF Knights - No. 10
PositionQuarterback
ClassSenior
Career history
College
  • UCF (2016-present)
Bowl games
High schoolMililani High School (Mililani, Hawaii)
Personal information
Born: (1997-10-10) October 10, 1997 (age 22)
Kapolei, Hawaii
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career highlights and awards

McKenzie Milton (born October 10, 1997) is an American football quarterback for the UCF Knights of the American Athletic Conference.

College career

Milton was a three-star dual-threat quarterback from Mililani High School in Mililani, Hawaii. He chose UCF because of new head coach Scott Frost, the former offensive coordinator of Heisman winning quarterback Marcus Mariota, whom Milton had idolized in high school.[2] Milton started 10 games his freshman year leading the Knights to a 6-6 regular season record and an appearance in the Cure Bowl. The previous year, the Knights had gone 0-12. In his Sophomore year, Milton led the Knights to a 12-0 regular season record, winning the AAC[3] and eventually the Peach Bowl against the SEC runner-up Auburn Tigers.[4] Milton was named the AAC offensive player of the year.[5] Milton placed 8th in the Heisman vote for 2017. Milton was named the offensive MVP in the 2018 Peach Bowl,[6] despite not reaching a 50% completion rating (he had only been below 60% once for the entire 2017 year, and never below 50%),[7] Milton threw for two touchdowns and went 13/18 in the second half. He ended the game 16-35 with 242 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. Milton also excelled with his legs, picking up 116 yards on the ground and scoring a touchdown, which led all UCF rushers.[8] This was UCF's first ever Peach Bowl win, and second New Years Six win in four years. Following the game, the school claimed a national championship.[a]

Injury

On November 23, 2018, UCF played the last game of the regular season against in-state rival University of South Florida. Early in the second quarter, Milton pulled the ball on a belly option and ran right. He was tackled by two USF players with one player going low and hitting him right below the knee. This caused Milton to dislocate his knee.[12] He was carted off the field and then rushed to nearby Tampa General Hospital. Upon arrival, doctors found extensive damage to the arteries and nerves in his knee. Emergency surgery was undertaken to restore arterial blood flow.[13] The surgery was successful. Two more surgeries followed over the course of several days. Milton was discharged from the hospital on November 30. Milton underwent reconstructive knee surgery in January 2019.[14]

He subsequently was ruled out for the 2019 season following the surgery. It is unknown if he will return to play football, though he did use his redshirt year in 2019.

College statistics

Year Team GP Cmp Att Pct Yards TDs Int
2016 UCF 10 194 366 57.7 1983 10 7
2017 UCF 13 265 395 67.1 4037 37 9
2018 UCF 11 171 289 59.2 2663 25 6

References

  1. ^ Dill, Jason. "NCAA officially recognizes UCF football's national championship claim". Bradenton Herald. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ Hummer, Chris (November 2, 2017). "In McKenzie Milton, Scott Frost has molded another Hawaiian QB sensation". 247sports. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "American Athletic Conference - All Sports Conference Standings". theamerican.org. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Wittry, Andy (January 1, 2018). "Peach Bowl 2018: UCF holds off Auburn to cap perfect 13-0 season". NCAA.com. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ Green, Shannon (November 29, 2017). "UCF's Scott Frost named AAC coach of year, McKenzie Milton also earns top honors". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "Central Florida completes perfect season with defeat of Auburn in Peach Bowl". USA TODAY. Associated Press. January 1, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "McKenzie Milton". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "StatMonitr Stat Feed". stats.statbroadcast.com. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "2017 Rankings, Week 17". Colley Matrix. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ "Football Bowl Subdivision Records" (PDF). NCAA. p. 109. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ Seeley, Andy (January 10, 2018). "Knights Ranked No. 1 - UCF" (Press release). UCF Athletics.
  12. ^ "Mckenzie Milton Injury". CBS. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ "Mckenzie Milton out of Hospital". ESPN. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "Mckenzie Milton Update". Sporting News. Retrieved 2018.

Notes

  1. ^ UCF claims a national championship for the 2017 season, and the team was ranked number 1 by the Colley Matrix, an NCAA-recognized selector of national champions.[9][10][11]

External links


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