If you haven’t seen the traumatic right knee injury suffered by UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton against South Florida on Saturday—consider yourself lucky.
Because while it made what happened to Alex Smith a week earlier look like a hangnail.
His family provided more detail about the severity of the injury for the first time yesterday while thanking doctors, nurses and trainers "for their prompt attention" to Milton's injuries. He underwent immediate surgery to repair the blood flow problems Friday night, but he’ll still have to have reconstructive surgery to repair his knee at a later date.
"His blood flow has been restored to his right leg and his nerve is injured but intact," Milton’s family says in a statement. "He is recovering and healing and is receiving the best medical care. At a later time, he will have reconstructive surgery to repair his knee.
Number 8 UCF still won the game and –for the second straight year—remain undefeated at 11-0. They must beat Memphis in the AAC championship game on Saturday to clinch a spot in a New Year's Six bowl game.
And while he won’t be on the field, the Knights have dedicated the remainder of their season to Milton, who was able to participate in the quarterback meeting Tuesday morning via video conference from his hospital room.