Faith plays pivotal role in McKenzie Milton's recovery

The quarterback says he will play again

By Jon Jankowski - Digital journalist

McKenzie Milton was on his way to lead the University of Central Florida to a second perfect season when everything changed after one tackle. 

 “He came quick, it’s part of the game,” Milton said.

The quarterback’s season was done as he was carted off the field with a dislocated right knee in the game against South Florida.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Milton went from almost losing his right leg to hitting the leg press machine six weeks later. 

The video of his workout on his Instagram page was viewed more than 126,000 times.

The star quarterback spent weeks in the hospital and would undergo five surgeries.

“There’s been some good days and bad days, things have been looking up for sure,” he said.

 

Despite the long road to recovery, he said he will play again.

"I feel like God has his hand over me in this healing process and I think I will make a full recovery and be able to play again," Milton said.

The next steps in the healing process will include putting his weight on the right knee. 

Eventually the quarterback will focus on running and jumping. 

"I'm trying to make a bad thing a good thing," Milton said.

Milton will be a speaker at The Better Man Event at the UCF CFE Arena on April 13. 

Event officials expect 8,000 people in attendance. 

The Better Man Ministries is a nonprofit organization serving men and churches, according to the group's website. 

At this event, Milton will share his story.

Milton said he'll be grateful when he finally takes a snap with the Knights again.

"I'm going to soak it in, just relish in that moment," Milton said.

The Knights defeated Memphis in the 2018 American Athletic Conference Championship

UCF would come up short against LSU in the Fiesta Bowl the Knights ended the season at 12-1. 
 

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