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UCF is already pumping QB McKenzie Milton for Heisman

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It’s never too soon to begin the hype. And UCF has done just that for the upcoming junior season of QB McKenzie Milton and a long shot bid at the Heisman Trophy in 2018.

The Knights launched a campaign via their website and Youtube Thursday morning:

Milton exploded on the national scene, especially at the end of UCF’s perfect 13-0 season a year ago. He was nothing short of brilliant as the Knights defeated USF on Friday after Thanksgiving, Memphis for the AAC Title the next week, and then, stunned SEC powerhouse Auburn in the Peach Bowl New Year’s Day.

The dual threat QB from Hawaii garnered 37 touchdowns throwing (a UCF single season record) and ran for eight more, as he was named the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

Milton did finish eighth in the Heisman balloting last year, as fellow undersized athletic big-hearted QB Baker Mayfield took home the award.

What will hurt Milton the most is lack of playing great competition (especially in conference) week in and week out. The Knights do have two out of conference games with ACC schools, as they play at North Carolina and host Pitt. UCF will also host Conference USA champ, Florida Atlantic in September, as well.

Still, playing the likes of Memphis, USF, Houston, etc. is not like playing Ohio State, Alabama, or Texas and some will consider his stats and the Knights wins to be lesser.

Currently, most of the odds makers have either Stanford RB Bryce Love or Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa as the favorite. Currently, Oddshark.com has Milton at 28-1 to take home the stiff arm trophy.

If you are wondering, the last non-“Power Five” player to get enough votes to win it was Ty Detmer of BYU in 1990. So, it’s definitely a long shot.

Then again, so too was Milton coming from Hawaii to Orlando in the first place.

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  1. Jeff Batchelor

    June 28, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Why?… UCF will will just proclaim him the Heisman trophy winner at the end of the year anyway…

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