HAWAII GROWN: Milton carted off with serious injury

Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton went down with an injury to his right leg after being tackled during the first half against South Florida. Photo courtesy Associated Press.

Central Forida junior quarterback McKenzie Milton was knocked out of today’s game against South Florida with what looked to be a serious right leg injury.

The entire UCF football team was on the field on one knee surrounding Milton, a 2016 Mililani alumnus, who was carted off the field with 11:17 remaining in the second quarter.

Milton was 5-for-10 for 86 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The Knights were ahead 7-0 at the time of the injury and kicked a 42-yard field goal on the next play to go up 10-0.

No. 9 UCF improved to 11-0 this season and extended its winning streak to 24 games with a 38-10 win over the Bulls.

“It breaks your heart for a kid who works so hard to go out and compete,” UCF coach Josh Heupel said after the game in an interview with ESPN.

Heupel offered no update on Milton’s injury.

ESPN commentators were already calling it a “devastating injury.” The network did not replay the hit after the initial viewing.

Milton was in the running to receive an invitation to the Heisman Trophy ceremony. He entered the game with 2,577 passing yards and 24 touchdowns with only five interceptions. He’s also rushed for 291 yards and nine scores. UCF is 22-0 in games he started over the last two seasons.

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