McKenzie Milton has played his last game in a UCF uniform.
The Knights quarterback, sidelined the past two seasons after suffering a horrific knee injury during a 2018 game at USF, announced Thursday he was entering the transfer portal.
Milton, who led the Knights to a 13-0 record and Peach Bowl victory over Auburn following the 2017 season, has one year of eligibility remaining.
UCF shared an emotional farewell video on Twitter.
“I’ve got one shot to go chase a dream, a lifelong dream to go play in the NFL,” Milton says in the video.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the news:
I feel like I just got broken up with. This one is tough. I’ll be there for his first game no matter where it’s at rocking my UCF Milton jersey. https://t.co/PNrtLPJ3T5— JoJo Woods (@Jowoods6) December 3, 2020
The fact that he's even back to playing football after the injury he suffered is amazing. Hoping he can find the starting opportunity he is looking for. Milton was one of the more fun quarterbacks to watch in the country a few years ago before his injury. https://t.co/A6oz6WgHQc— Nicholas Perlich (@nperlich21) December 3, 2020
I’ve been going to UCF games my entire life. Had a lot of dreams throughout my childhood of what this program could become.— Christian Simmons (@ByCASimmons) December 3, 2020
KZ led the way as those dreams came true.
McKenzie Milton is, and forever will be, the greatest player in UCF History. https://t.co/tsowz54ff5
If there is even a tiny ounce of justice in football, McKenzie Milton is going to throw 30 touchdowns for somebody next year and then get drafted— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) December 3, 2020
My heart aches knowing I’ll never see him throw another pass for UCF. There’s no better leader out there than McKenzie Milton. I wish him nothing but the best going forward in his career. He provided some of my best memories as a Knights fan. Much love KZ 🖤💛🤙 https://t.co/2CJ5qAqS7x— Chris Hargrove (@3peat_Chris) December 3, 2020
As a UCF fan, I’m sad to see McKenzie Milton enter the transfer portal. But as a McKenzie Milton fan, I’m excited to figure out what my second favorite team will be next year. @McKenzieMil10 good luck bro you have all of Knight Nation behind you ⚔️— Cody Magnuson (@cmag27) December 3, 2020
I was among those convinced Milton would make a cameo at @RJStadium last week if only to symbolize his triumph over his horrific injury. Turns out, he wants his next snaps in a game to be meaningful, not token. I totally get that.— Joey Knight (@TBTimes_Bulls) December 3, 2020
It has been a pleasure to watch a childhood friend do his thing at @UCF_Football. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Kenzie and the rest of the Milton family. ❤️🏈 @McKenzieMil10 @milton6teresa https://t.co/7FEECqIbK9— Kaho Akau (@KahoAkau) December 3, 2020
How lucky am I that I was in school for the McKenzie Milton era of UCF— Morgan 🕺 (@morgan_stepp) December 3, 2020
Milton is close to 100 percent healthy and if he can get back to form a marriage with the coach that recruited him to UCF — Nebraska’s Scott Frost — makes a he most sense to me @Sean_Callahan https://t.co/xy7ZHuGOUh— Woody Wommack (@RivalsWoody) December 3, 2020
Someone tell McKenzie Milton that Syracuse is just like Orlando and really really really needs a quarterback— Evan Weston (@EvanLWeston) December 3, 2020
Texas QB McKenzie Milton— ⭕️🐐 (@soonergoat) December 3, 2020
So much love for KZ and momma Milton. Time to ball out at another school. https://t.co/Tn1oZOXJqZ— Will Briggs (@WBriggs87) December 3, 2020
NEWS: McKenzie Milton is transferring.— Chris Vannini 😷 (@ChrisVannini) December 3, 2020
"I came to Coach Heupel during the bye week in November—I didn’t want to blindside him at the end of the season.
“With the trajectory of our team, Dillon has earned the right to be our QB. And yet I have one shot to chase a dream." https://t.co/GXKtCneoBq
I knew the McKenzie Milton transfer news was coming but I still was not prepared for it. Thank you for giving us the best memories. Please go win a natty @McKenzieMil10— Big Demeanor Durg (@Durg65) December 3, 2020