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UCF’s McKenzie Milton doing ‘really good things’ in practice, Josh Heupel says

Whether the Knights quarterback can play in 2020, following a horrific knee injury, remains unclear.
UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton (10), who hasn't played in a game since suffering a gruesome knee injury at USF in November 2018, is participating in various non-contact drills during Knights practices, coach Josh Heupel said.
UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton (10), who hasn't played in a game since suffering a gruesome knee injury at USF in November 2018, is participating in various non-contact drills during Knights practices, coach Josh Heupel said.
Published Aug. 20, 2020

UCF coach Josh Heupel said Thursday quarterback McKenzie Milton continues to make encouraging progress in his comeback attempt from a horrific knee injury, but remained vague on his status for 2020.

During his 15-minute virtual session with Orlando-based reporters, Heupel said Milton is “doing a lot of really good things in practice,” but hasn’t engaged in contact.

“He’s cleared for more and more activities,” Heupel said, “doing all the individual work, throwing footballs, some group stuff where he definitely doesn’t have a chance to be touched.”

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Earlier this month, Milton’s mother, Teresa, released a 21-second clip of her son performing agility drills on her Instagram account. She also indicated his latest evaluation at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., went “very well.”

Milton, listed as a redshirt senior on UCF’s ’20 roster, suffered extensive right-knee damage during the Knights’ victory at USF in the 2018 regular-season finale. Initially, doctors feared part of his leg would have to be amputated.

He hasn’t appeared in a game since.

“As training camp goes on, he’ll be able to do more and more things,” Heupel said. “So it’s really just him continuing to push the envelope in his rehab process and where that leads us to this season and potentially next year.”