HAWAII GROWN: Family says Milton’s surgery successful

UCF's quarterback McKenzie Milton went down with a serious knee injury after being tackled in the second quarter against South Florida. Photo courtesy Associated Press.

A day after UCF junior quarterback McKenzie Milton suffered a gruesome right leg injury in a 38-10 win over South Florida, his family released a statement to the public.

“The Milton family would like to express gratitude for all of your thoughts, prayers and concerns. McKenzie’s surgery was successful, and he is recovering well. We would like to thank the medical staffs at Tampa General Hospital, University of South Florida and the sports medicine staff at UCF for their superb care. McKenzie looks forward to joining his teammates in Orlando and supporting them in their quest to bring another conference championship to our program. Remember what Ohana means. No one gets left behind. #UCFamily.”

Milton underwent surgery to repair his knee and other “internal issues,” according to ESPN’s Andrea Adelson.

Mark Milton’s father also texted the Honolulu Star-Advertiser with the following comment Saturday: “We appreciate the support. The surgery last night appears to have gone pretty well to stabilize the knee.”

Washington State receiver Kainoa Wilson honored his high school teammate at Mililani, UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton, with a No. 10 on his left arm during Friday’s Apple Cup in the show against Washington.

A Heisman Trophy candidate this season after finishing eighth in the voting last year, the 2016 Mililani alumnus was carted off the field in the second quarter following a hit to his knee on a third-down running play.

It was apparent immediately that the injury was serious. ESPN, which televised the game, refused to show a replay of the hit.

The entire UCF team came onto the field and took a knee as Milton was being tended to by training staffs of both teams.

He was 5-for-10 for 86 yards with a touchdown and an interception at the time of the injury.

Milton 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.


  1. Kanaks November 24, 2018 11:55 am

    Prayers for MCKENZIE MILTON and his ohana, also for speedy recovery!! From Kahuku town, 808, ONELOVE!!

  2. Roger Chun November 24, 2018 12:42 pm

    Happy to hear your knee repair went well. Hope you have a speedy recovery. No matter what UCF has had a great year again. Looking forward to seeing you next year. Happy Holidays go out to the Milton family.

  3. Charles Amai November 24, 2018 1:51 pm

    Milton will be back….True Baller.

    Might have additional eligibility options with the medical red-shirt.

    Wonder if the Frost Cogs are turning in Omaha????

  4. Garry Moore November 25, 2018 9:03 am

    God Bless You All!!! 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
    McKenzie!!! You Got This!!! 🤙🏽

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