HAWAII GROWN: Milton a Maxwell semifinalist

Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score against Austin Peay. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

Central Florida sophomore quarterback McKenzie Milton is one of 18 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, given to the college football player of the year, announced Monday.

Milton, a 2016 Mililani alumnus, leads the nation with a 72.9 completion percentage, a passing efficiency of 199.7 and 11.28 passing yards per attempt. He’s also 14th in the country in both passing touchdowns (19) and total offense (321.6 yards per game).

Milton is the only player from the American Athletic Conference named a semifinalist for the award and one of just five underclassmen.

Nine quarterbacks, eight running backs and one wide receiver make up the group of semifinalists.

UCF set a school record in points scored in a 77-33 win over Austin Peay on Saturday to improve to 7-0. The Knights are ranked No. 15 this week.

Milton finished 24-for-26 for 275 yards and three touchdowns and scored on a 2-yard TD run before sitting out all of the fourth quarter.

UCF plays at SMU on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. Hawaii time on ESPN2.


  1. rrforlfiebaby October 31, 2017 8:22 am

    Way to go McKenzie!

  2. Shaun October 31, 2017 9:24 am

    Um Billy, he’s a 2016 alum…..

  3. Billy Hull October 31, 2017 1:43 pm

    Whoops. Thanks!

  4. @76 SOUTH November 1, 2017 10:57 am

    Good job McKenzie! Keep up the good work and to the coach that said you would never ever start for a D1 program because you can’t read defenses… ummmm… hope you not jumping back on the bandwagon! Good luck to all remaining teams in the tournament even though we have idiots running it.

  5. Derek November 1, 2017 7:48 pm

    I saw most of his games at Mililani. I’m not surprised with what he’s doing. He’s just a playmaker and he makes explosive plays and he makes chunk plays. Boom, boom, boom, touchdown. UCF gain. Hawaii loss.

  6. Bulukex November 1, 2017 8:24 pm

    As a Kahuku fan I thought he was underrated and overlooked by colleges. How does he go to Nike’s camp, win the mvp, but not even get an offer from those guys in Oregon? Heck I think he was better than Tate Martell from Gorman. Glad he’s doing his thing. Earned every bit of it.

  7. Hau'ulaBoy November 2, 2017 6:54 pm

    Hawaii boys rep the 808 big time again this year. Taamu, Mckenzie, Tua. Way to go and keep it up.

  8. TrojanFan4Life November 3, 2017 4:23 pm

    March on Trojan! Glad we got your autograph before graduating, better put that ball in a safe at the rate you’re going. Thanks for the past and future memories. Was hoping you and Vae would end up in Oregon but…..CONGRATS!

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