UCF gets set to begin defense of their AAC championship and perfect year of 2017 coming up on Thursday night at UConn.
And in advance of that there is a tremendous amount of interest nationally for quarterback McKenzie Milton. Milton, who’s the reigning AAC Offensive Player of the Year and a preseason Heisman Trophy favorite, is probably the best player in the country at the least known about “brand name” School.
Well, things like that are beginning to change as Milton it ventured into “The Jungle” AKA Jim Rome’s radio/TV simulcast Tuesday afternoon.
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Rome, who’s been a sports-talk maven for 30 years in California and nationally, was singing the praises of Milton and UCF chances to succeed this season prior to him coming on the show.
Then, Rome asked Milton about how the Knights will make sure that they don’t get caught off guard resting on their 2017 accomplishments,
“I think for the most part our team has done a great job of blocking out, outside noise, and moving on from what we accomplished last year. We want to be a team that can sustain success. I think we have the opportunity to do that with the talent that we have coming back. But, at the same time, you have to go produce on the field. You can’t look forward to week eight or week nine or when we play North Carolina or Pitt. We can only look forward to UConn.”
On the subject of new Coach Josh Heupel taking over:
“He’s a good guy. And, I think he’s a great teacher at the quarterback position. I get to learn under two of the best offensive minds (Scott Frost too) in college football. It’s been great for me as a player under Coach Heupel’s direction.”
And on his Hawaiian friendship and childhood playing days with Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, who is also one of the preseason Heisman favorites,
“I had never seen an 11 year old kid throw a football 50 yards before like Tua did. He was my quarterback and I was the running back. He ended up going to the team closest to where he lived and that’s kinda how I started playing QB. He’s always been a special player and an even better person. So it’s fun to see where he’s at now (success at Alabama) and where I’ve been able to get to.”
Milton had over 4,600 yards from scrimmage a year ago with 45 combined touchdowns, and is arguably the top dual-threat quarterback in college football headed into this season.
And he and his teammates are out to prove that 2017 wasn’t a fluke.
UConn is in the way, first on Thursday.
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