HAWAII GROWN: UCF’s Milton more comfortable

UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton is feeling more comfortable after a full season with the Knights. Associated Press photo.
UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton is feeling more comfortable after a full season with the Knights. Associated Press photo.

Central Florida’s McKenzie Milton says he’s feeling more comfortable coming off his first full season with the Knights.

Still technically a freshman after throwing for 1,983 yards and accounting for 13 touchdowns (10 passing, three rushing) in his first year in the program, the Mililani alum played well in one half of action in the UCF spring game on Saturday at Spectrum Stadium.

Milton was 17-for-27 for 166 yards and a touchdown on a 17-yard pass for the first score of the game to cap an 80-yard drive.


Milton’s team led 21-14 at halftime and he did not return to play in the second half.

“A year of growth has definitely made me feel more comfortable with my reads (and) my progressions, Milton was quoted as saying in a press release. “The O-line has been doing a better job, so I feel more comfortable sitting in the pocket.


“Also, the chemistry with the receivers has grown so much, I feel like we’re all getting toward a point where were all on the same page.”


Milton, who helped the Knights come back from an 0-12 season two years ago to make a bowl game this past season, thinks UCF can play with anybody in the American Athletic Conference.

“I think our 11 compares with anybody’s 11 offense and defense,” said Milton, who hopes to continue to add weight to his 5-foot-11 frame. “I want to add a couple of pounds this offseason so I can take some hits from big guys in this conference.”

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