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UCF QB McKenzie Milton says severe knee injury could have resulted in amputation

first_img“It wasn’t excruciating pain. It was like a shock. That kind of moment feels like a dream almost,” he said.The junior quarterback had to be carted off the field and underwent surgery soon after suffering the injury. But in the end, he was lucky it didn’t turn out worse. Related News Utah coach Kyle Whittingham signs contract extension through 2023 “It was tough, but at the same time, 50 percent of people that suffer my injury — I had a knee dislocation and a popliteal artery — have to have their leg amputated.”He continued: “I’m already beating the odds by the grace of God. When you have a knee dislocation, you tear everything. It was miracle after miracle.”Milton threw for 2,663 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions for the Knights last year. He also rushed for 307 yards and nine touchdowns.Now he begins his long road back to playing football as he is expected to miss the entire 2019 season. “For me right now, I’m just checking off like little accomplishments at a time,” he said. “On Friday, I’ll be able to start weight bearing on my legs. That’s a little check. When I first got hurt, I had to take blood thinners and take shots in my stomach every day. So when I had to stop doing those, that was a little check.”In two months, I’ll be able to walk in my brace, so that’s a little check. For me, I’ve always looked at small victories like those will add up inch by inch and then it’ll be something big when it comes into fruition.”Central Florida will hold a quarterback competition next season with Milton out. Darriel Mack Jr., who took over the starting job for Milton, will get a chance to be next season’s starter, along with Brandon Wimbush, who transferred from Notre Dame in the offseason. Central Florida quarterback and 2018 Heisman Trophy contender McKenzie Milton is taking recovery one day at a time.Milton suffered a severe knee injury in UCF’s win over South Florida at the end of last season and revealed how dangerous his situation was in an interview on Real Radio 104.1 (via the Orlando Sentinel) on Tuesday.last_img


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