Despite his horrible injury in the UCF Knights final regular-season game, quarterback McKenzie Milton has repeated as the American Conference offensive player of the year.
Milton’s overwhelming body of work had him poised to get the honor, as he was named the AAC player of the week four times during the regular season.
After leading the Knights to a second consecutive perfect regular season, @UCF_Football's McKenzie Milton has been named the 2018 #AmericanFB Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
— American Football (@American_FB) November 28, 2018
Milton finished 2018 with 25 touchdown passes and nine more on the ground. He also ranked in the top 10 in the nation in pass efficiency, yards per completion and points responsible for per game.
Unfortunately, the Junior’s season came to an awful end in the second quarter of last Friday’s 38 – 10 win over rival USF. Milton scrambled to the right and was hit by USF defender, while planting his right leg in the ground. He suffered a gruesome kneecap dislocation which left his leg dangling.
As we wrote about yesterday, Milton’s family released a statement through Tampa General Hospital, where Milton is still a patient on Wednesday. The statement thanked the doctors and the medical staffs of both schools for helping to get Milton into surgery quickly and save possible irreparable nerve damage.
— UCF Football (@UCF_Football) November 27, 2018
There is no timetable currently for Milton’s release and there may be more surgery in his future as well.
Meanwhile, the Knights will try to finish off their second straight perfect regular season with a championship game when, once again, over the Memphis Tigers. UCF will turn to redshirt-freshman Darriel Mack to start the game Saturday. Mack replaced Milton during Friday’s game and while he didn’t throw for any decent numbers, he did have 51 yards rushing and UCF was never threatened. Mack also started the Knights win earlier this year at East Carolina.
At the game on Saturday, UCF will hand out 40,000 flower leis to fans at Spectrum Stadium, as a remembrance and show of support for Milton not being able to be there and play.
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