HAWAII GROWN: Milton is player of the year

Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton ran the ball at East Carolina defensive back Bobby Fulp in a game this season. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton, who will attempt to lead the Knights to a perfect 12-0 record with a win over Memphis on Saturday in the American Athletic Conference championship game, was named the conference’s offensive player of the year today.

The 2016 Mililani alum was a no-brainer pick for the conference’s top offensive honor, joining current Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles as the only UCF players to win the award.

Milton has accounted for 36 touchdowns in 11 games, throwing for 3,301 yards while completing 69.1 percent of his passes. He has rushed for 429 yards and six TDs while throwing 30 TD passes.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound dual threat needs two more passing touchdowns to break the UCF single-season record. He’s already in the top 10 in program history for completions (10th), yardage (fourth), 300-yard passing games (third) and completion percentage (second).

UCF put an AAC-record 16 players on the first and second teams and a record nine on the first team.

The Knights will play Memphis in the title game at 7 a.m. Hawaii time on Saturday on ABC.


  1. Kamehameha#1 December 1, 2017 11:54 pm

    Well deserving award for Milton! I still don’t understand how he generate so much power throwing the football. But after all those years of watching him in HS. I came to a conclusion that the kid is just magical. He and Tua have the same release and they both have magical touch on the football. It was amazing to watched Milton play in HS and to continue to do the same in college. Unbelievable! You have made Hawaii proud!

  2. The Skull December 2, 2017 4:03 am

    Big fan of this kid. Adding to Hawaii football lore. Congratulations to the Milton ohana and Mililani HS from Red Raider Nation.

  3. Kalamau'la December 2, 2017 10:27 am

    IMUA Kenzie

  4. HBoy December 12, 2017 8:53 am

    Mckenzie Milton was one of the most electrifying players I had the pleasure to watch while he played here in high school and the games I have been able to catch while he is there in UCF. He has definitely left an impression on not only Hawaii High School and fans but now on the College scene. Congratulations to a fine young man and athlete.

    I was truly saddened that he was not a healthy 100% his senior year in high school because Mililani was really good and they would have matched well with Kahuku and StLouis if not even beat them.

    Congratulations and Good Luck in your bowl game and the rest of your career

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