TAMPA, Fla. – UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton seriously injured his right leg on a distortion in the second quarter on Friday’s 38-10 victory over the USF, a devastating battle against a team that has now won 24 straight games.
The damage occurred when Milton hid the ball and ran and a lot of American defenders met him. He hit the knee, and his leg turned and bent at an awkward angle. Milton stopped, and the Raymond James Stadium crowd looked into stunned silence when a carriage was taken out for him immediately.
The entire UCF bench emptied and kneaded next to Milton as emergency workers worked on him. The USF team went on the field next to him also in a show of support.
Milton had all his legs immobilized before he sat on the trolley and entered the locker room, with teammates who came up to him to pat on his arm or shoulder pads. Coach Josh Heupel had no update on his condition after the match.
“It breaks your heart for a child who has worked so hard to go out and compete, love his brothers and play for them,” says Heupel.
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who grew up with Milton in Hawaii, tweeted his thoughts to his friend.