UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton left the Knight's game against South Florida with what appeared to be a serious right leg injury. Milton suffered the gruesome injury while running for a first down with just over 11 minutes left in the second quarter and did not return to the contest after exiting the field.
All of Milton's teammates got down on one knee in support of their star QB as medical trainers attended to Milton. He was taken off the field in a cart with his right leg wrapped in a cast. No other information has been disclosed yet regarding Milton's condition, but a Tampa General Hospital spokesperson said Saturday that Milton was in "good" condition, per the Tampa Bay Times.
The Milton family issued a statement Saturday saying McKenzie underwent a successful surgery and "is recovering well." They also thanked the community for their support and the doctors and staffers who cared for their son after his injury.
"Obviously a traumatic injury out on the field," coach Josh Heupel told reporters after the game. "All of our thoughts and prayers are with [Milton] right now. I won't discuss anything right now until medically I get more information."
While he had not yet seen the replay of Milton's injury, Heupel said his immediate concern was Milton's health.
"When I went over and the doctors were around him my immediate concern is one just his wellbeing and two his mental state as well," Heupel added. "I just told him that I love him."
At the time of the injury, Milton had completed five of 10 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown with one interception as UCF was leading South Florida 7-0. UCF responded with a field goal after Milton left the field.
South Florida said they have "Great respect for a great player," and sent their "sincerest wishes for all the best for McKenzie Milton."
On Saturday night, Milton's mother, Teresa, tweeted that the family was still "processing all this." She thanked fans for their support and promised to keep them posted on updates.
Milton had led his team to an undefeated 10-0 season before Friday's injury. Redshirt freshman Darriel Mack Jr. took over under center for Milton, leading the Knights to a 38–10 win over the Bulls.