It’s been about a year and a half since standout quarterback McKenzie Milton suffered a devastating knee injury, and now the UCF quarterback is back on the practice field.
UCF’s Twitter account posted a video of Milton throwing passes at UCF’s spring practice. Milton is still wearing a knee brace as he practices, but was able to throw fairly naturally to a receiver.
Milton’s gruesome knee injury took place in November 2018. Things were so severe that there was, at one point, a real chance that he’d lose his leg. Seeing him on a practice field in light of that is simply amazing. There’s obviously no guarantee that he’ll play competitively ever again, but the progress he’s made is remarkable and the fact that we’re even discussing it is a tribute to the work he’s put in.
McKenzie Milton appears to be making remarkable progress in his recovery from the catastrophic knee injury that ended his 2018 season.
The UCF quarterback said he is making incredible progress in his recovery from the injury. He claimed that the nerve damage he suffered has completely healed, and the only obstacles remaining to getting him on a football field again are recovering his strength and range of motion.
“I’m a lot further along than any doctor would anticipate or predict and that’s by the grace of God and a lot of prayers and a lot of support by close friends and people I don’t even know,” Milton told ESPN College Gameday’s Maria Taylor, via Iliana Limon Romero, Matt Murschel, and Brant Parsons of the Orlando Sentinel. “With my nerve damage, I’m basically back to 100%. I have full feeling in my foot. You know that’s very rare, sometimes it never comes back for some people and the artery, the blood is flowing great.
“So now it’s just about getting range of motion and building strength back up.”
Milton dislocated his knee in November 2018 and needed immediate emergency surgery. It was later revealed that he was in legitimate danger of losing his leg, and now there’s at least a chance he’ll play football again in 2020.
UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton suffered a frightening and traumatic leg injury last season, but he’s determined to get back on the football field.
Milton is still on crutches over four months after suffering the injury, and he will miss the entire 2019 season. However, his goal is to play college football again in 2020.
The details of Milton’s injury were so gruesome it will be quite the triumph if he plays again at all, but he definitely seems to have his heart set on it and goals put together to achieve. He has a long way to go, but so far, his recovery looks to be progressing nicely.
UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton has been discharged from the hospital and recovering well, according to his mother.
In a statement, Milton’s mother said the quarterback will need reconstructive surgery in 4-6 weeks after his gruesome leg injury, but doctors are encouraged by his progress so far. While his family has traveled to the AAC Championship to watch the Knights, Milton and his father will watch from home, and the quarterback has sent a video to the team to be played before the game.
Milton also sent a message to fans wishing them a merry Christmas and thanking everyone for their well-wishes.
Milton has apparently been quite active in UCF’s prep for the AAC title game. Any good news on him is most welcome, and it sounds like he’s doing about as well as can be expected.
UCF is going to have a tough time beating Memphis in the AAC Championship Game this weekend now that McKenzie Milton is out with an injury, but the star quarterback is making sure he is still part of the equation even while he recovers in the hospital.
Milton suffered a gruesome leg injury during last week’s game against South Florida, and he was forced to immediately undergo surgery. He even suffered nerve damage and was having blood flow issues, but his family said on Tuesday that he is recovering well given the circumstances. Not only that, but Milton is apparently feeling well enough to help his teammates prepare for their upcoming game via FaceTime.
The timing of Milton’s injury couldn’t be much worse, as he is arguably the biggest reason the Knights have not lost a game since the 2016 season. Despite the horrific injury and awful situation, you have to admire the way he is doing what he can to keep helping the team.
The family of UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton offered a brief update about the player’s leg injury on Saturday afternoon.
Milton suffered an awful leg injury during Friday’s game against South Florida and underwent immediate surgery. According to his family, that surgery was successful, and he’s aiming to be present in Orlando next week when the Knights play for the AAC championship.
In general, the news on Milton sounds positive. That’s great, especially with how frightening some of the details surrounding it were. He obviously won’t play again this season, and his long-term prognosis remains unknown until we get a more comprehensive update. That said, it sounds like he’s doing about as well as can be expected.
McKenzie Milton suffered a dislocated knee during UCF’s win over South Florida on Friday, according to reports.
Both CBS Tampa’s Ryan Bass and radio host Rock Riley reported that Milton’s knee was dislocated when he was tackled on a run in the second quarter. Bass says that Milton’s knee needed to be popped back into place because the quarterback was losing blood circulation.
Riley says the projected recovery time is 9 months to a year.
Milton was 5/10 for 86 yards, a touchdown and interception in the game before his injury. The junior entered with 2,577 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and five interceptions. He had also rushed for nine scores for the Knights, who are now 11-0 following their win.
The situation surrounding injured UCF star quarterback McKenzie Milton was frightening.
Milton suffered a gruesome leg injury during the second quarter of the Knights’ game against South Florida on Friday and had to be carted off the field. 1040 AM Tampa radio host Rock Riley reported that Milton needed to undergo emergency surgery after losing some blood flow.
Riley reported that the preliminary diagnosis was a dislocated knee for McKenzie.
Milton was 5/10 for 86 yards, a touchdown and interception in the game before his injury. The junior entered with 2,577 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and five interceptions. He had also rushed for nine scores for the 10-0 Knights.
UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton suffered a gruesome leg injury on Friday against the South Florida Bulls.
Milton was hit on a scramble and his leg bent in an extremely unnatural direction. The injury appeared severe immediately, and Milton had to be carted off the field.
The visuals of the injury were so awful that ESPN opted not to show any replays of the hit and aftermath (though you can see it here). The team surrounded him on the field.
With UCF set to play in the AAC Championship next week, it’s a brutal blow to their chances. Much more importantly, however, it’s awful for Milton. If it’s anywhere near as bad as it looked, he won’t play again this season, and one can only hope that he makes a full recovery.
UCF is two wins away from completing its second consecutive undefeated season, and the Knights still will not have a College Football Playoff appearance to show for it. As far as the team’s quarterback is concerned, UCF is better than at least one program that would likely make the playoff if the season ended today.
When asked about UCF’s resume this week, quarterback McKenzie Milton called out Notre Dame for its performance against Pitt earlier this season. Milton says film from Notre Dame’s game against Pitt and UCF’s matchup with the same opponent proves which team is better.
“You look at the [Pitt] film against us and Notre Dame,” Milton told Matt Hayes of Bleacher Report. “You can’t tell me Notre Dame is a better team than us. … We’re better.”
Both UCF and Notre Dame hosted Pitt. The Knights beat the Panthers by 30 on Sept. 29, while the Fighting Irish squeaked out a 19-14 win two weeks later. Milton, who has helped lead UCF to 22 consecutive victories, feels that game film says it all.
“Notre Dame scored late to beat Pitt, and you hear the committee talk about how great it was for them to pull it out,” he said. “Then what we did to Pitt is ignored.”
This storyline certainly isn’t a new one. UCF fans, players and administrators have been harping on how little respect they have gotten since they defeated Auburn in the Peach Bowl last year. They infamously crowned themselves national champions after capping off their undefeated season, which is something they have been trolled for ever since.
No matter what Milton or anyone else says, UCF is nowhere near being considered for a playoff spot. When you look at what oddsmakers think Alabama would do to them, you might think that is for the best.