Around the continued “adrenaline high” of UCF completing another season undefeated at 12 -0, is the reality that their they’re fallen leader, quarterback McKenzie Milton, is still on a long serious road to recovery.
You are likely aware that Milton suffered a season ending, and potentially career-threatening, right leg injury and UCF’s regular season finale victory over USF in Tampa on November 23rd.
Milton had surgery almost immediately that afternoon to try to repair injured nerves in his right leg that could have been permanently damaged. He has continued to recover and rest, and now, his family has given another update on his situation Thursday morning.
Good Morning Knight Nation! Wanted to thank you all for the prayers and good thoughts! Yesterday KZ has a ultra sound and it was music to our hearts ! Today a surgery to get him more comfortable! He will be at the Fiesta Bowl to cheer his team mates on to Victory! Arizona bound
— TeresaMilton (@milton6teresa) December 13, 2018
Teresa Milton’s update is encouraging for a couple of reasons. One, when she is referring to the ultrasound, doctors utilize this to be able to tell if the original surgery was successful. Apparently, according to her tweet, it was.
And now, he will have follow-up surgery today on the leg. Secondly, She further is insisting that Milton wants to be able to travel and rejoin his team in Arizona, when they battle LSU in the New Year’s Day Fiesta Bowl. That is a huge step if he gets medical clearance later.
The Knights obviously used Milton as inspiration in their American Conference Championship game win. This, as the fans at Spectrum Stadium were given Hawaiian leis to wear around their necks, a video board tribute was done and Milton’s Jersey and helmet were on the sidelines with the players, as they roared from behind and defeated Memphis 56 – 41.
Milton was also named the American Conference Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season after having won the weekly award four times this year and piloting the night’s most of the way to back-to-back undefeated years.
Now red shirt freshman Darriel Mack takes over to try to push another perfect season across the finish line against another tough SEC team, in the Tigers.
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