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McKenzie Milton sports Florida State, UCF on Hula Bowl helmet

McKenzie Milton had quite the college football career. After breaking out at UCF, Milton suffered a horrific leg injury and was thought to be in danger of never playing again. But, he recovered and ended up moving to Florida State, playing through the 2021 season.

Milton had a unique helmet for the Hula Bowl, a college football playoff all-star game. Ironically, it’s being held in Orlando, Florida, home of the UCF Knights. Milton debuted his helmet, sporting both UCF and Florida State logos on each side. As for Milton’s future in football, he said he remains hopeful of succeeding in the NFL.

“Honestly, I have no idea” Milton told reporters when asked what was next for him. “For me, I’m shooting for the NFL. I hope that opportunity comes around, but we’ll see. It just depends. It just depends if it’s good for me and good for my family. We’ll see.”

When asked later if a coaching career was in his future, Milton said his current goal was to play at the top level, although he plans to enter the coaching industry when the time will come for him to hang up his crampons.

“Honestly, I don’t know,” Milton said. “You know, I feel like everyone asks me pretty much the same questions about training and playing and all that. But really, I’m just taking it one day at a time, kind of like I I’ve always done that. Right now, I’m focusing on the game. You know, when the time comes when I’m done playing, I’m definitely going to be a coach at some point. I don’t think it’s a question of if. I think it’s a question of when.”

Milton was a star at UCF, breaking out in 2017 before his knee injury at the end of the 2018 season. In 2017, Milton finished with 4,037 yards, 37 touchdowns, nine interceptions, a 67.1 completion percentage %, 613 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. In 2018 (10 games), Milton had 2,663 yards, 25 touchdowns, six interceptions, 59.2 percent completion percentage, 307 rushing yards, and nine rushing touchdowns.

Milton would miss the entire 2019 season and did not play in 2020. He received limited action at Florida State this year (six games), completing 81 of 139 passes (58.3% completion percentage) for 775 yards , three touchdowns and six interceptions.

In total, Milton finished his college career with 9,458 yards, 75 touchdowns, 28 interceptions, 61.3 percent completion percentage, 1,065 rushing yards, and 20 rushing touchdowns.

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As a member of the Class of 2016, Milton was a three-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite. He was the No. 9 overall prospect in Hawaii, the No. 90 athlete overall in the class, and the No. 1,161 prospect overall in the class.