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.