UCF QB Milton released from hospital

UCF Knights quarterback McKenzie Milton (10) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Navy Midshipmen at Spectrum Stadium.Photo: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton was released from the hospital a week after suffering a gruesome knee injury

Milton, who was injured in a victory over South Florida on Nov. 23, will watch his team play Memphis in the AAC Championship Game on Saturday with his family at his home in Orlando, Fla.

ESPN reported that Milton already has undergone three surgical procedures on his right leg and will have reconstructive knee surgery in four to six weeks.

Earlier this week, Milton’s parents released a statement updating the results of an emergency surgery on their son’s leg. According to the statement, the blood flow in his leg was restored and a nerve was injured but intact.

Milton was hit while scrambling and his leg was bent in an unnatural direction. It was such a gruesome injury that ESPN did not show any replays of the play.

No. 8-ranked UCF (10-0, 7-0 in the AAC) takes a 23-game winning streak into Saturday’s matchup. The Golden Knights have not lost a game since Arkansas beat them 31-13 in the Cure Bowl on Dec. 17, 2016.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Milton completed 166 of 279 passes (59.5 percent) for 2,577 yards and 24 touchdowns with five interceptions in his first nine game this season. He had 71 touchdown passes in his career, including 37 last season.

“Mckenzie and our entire family are so touched and grateful for the prayers, support, and well wishes,” said the statement from the quarterback’s parents earlier this week. “Mckenzie is in good spirits and has a very positive attitude. He looks forward to cheering on his teammates in their quest for another conference championship this Saturday.”

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