After a heart-breaking double OT loss to Maryland last Saturday night, UCF appears to be improving and now gets ready to try to even their record at 2-2 when they travel to play FIU Saturday night.
And, the most intriguing part of this game coming up is that first year Head Coach Scott Frost (a former QB at Nebraska himself) has turned to 18 year old true freshman Mackenzie Milton all the way from in Hawaii. Milton made his debut against the Terps and had an roller coaster night. Three first half turnovers included two botched snaps from center, but he did throw for 260 yards overall and two TD’s. Unfortunately for the Knights, Milton’s fumble in the second OT opened the door for the Maryland winning TD on the next possession.
However, undaunted, Frost and the UCF staff believe now is the time with the young Milton. Here’s more:
Confident, mature UCF freshman QB McKenzie Milton embraces chance to play https://t.co/jwbGNb66Ue
— Shannon Green (@osknights) September 20, 2016
It’s not uncommon to see programs turn to a true freshman leader any longer. UCLA did it with Josh Rosen a year ago and went to a bowl game. Alabama is, well, Alabama and they went to 18 year old Jalen Hurts in the first half of the USC game and have not looked back so far, including his brilliant play at Ole Miss last week.
Now, UCF has a great chance to even their record at 2-2 and it may largely ride on arm and legs of McKenzie Milton.