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12/01/18 - (QB) - McKenzie Milton, Jr, 5-11, 185
QB McKenzie Milton was released from the hospital one 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.


11/27/18 - (QB) - McKenzie Milton, Jr, 5-11, 185
QB McKenzie Milton's parents provided some encouraging news about their son, who suffered a gruesome leg injury in Friday's victory over South Florida. They reported that blood flow has returned to his leg following Friday's emergency surgery and that reconstructive surgery will be performed at an undetermined time in the future.


11/27/18 - (RB) - Greg McCrae, So, 5-09, 175
NOV 26 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Greg McCrae, UCF, So., RB,...Completed 13 of 25 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns and added a rushing TD in a 38-13 win against No. 19 Cincinnati, the Knights' 23rd straight victory. - American Athletic Conference Football


11/24/18 - (QB) - McKenzie Milton, Jr, 5-11, 185
QB McKenzie Milton underwent surgery Friday night after suffering a devastating knee injury in a game against South Florida. Milton's father confirmed multiple media reports that his son underwent surgery at Tampa General Hospital, telling ESPN that the procedure was to repair knee damage and "other internal issues." The university did not release information on the status of Milton, who was hit while scrambling, causing his leg to bend in an unnatural direction. ESPN did not show any replays of the gruesome injury.


11/24/18 - (QB) - McKenzie Milton, Jr, 5-11, 185
No. 8 UCF lost quarterback McKenzie Milton to injury but still trounced South Florida 38-10 on Friday to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 24 games and complete a second consecutive undefeated regular season. Milton, eighth in Heisman Trophy balloting a year ago, hurt his right knee when he was tackled at the end of a 5-yard run in the second quarter. Darriel Mack Jr. replaced him and may make his second start of the year when UCF (11-0, 8-0, No. 9 CFP) faces Memphis next week in the American Athletic Conference title game. Players from both schools, which are located about 100 miles apart via Interstate 4, kneeled on one knee while a cart was rolled onto the field and Milton received medical attention in front of the South Florida bench. The entire UCF squad left their sideline at one point to form a crowded circle around Milton, who was placed on the cart and taken to the locker room and later a nearby hospital.

Before leaving, Milton completed 5 of 10 passes for 86 yards, including a 14-yard scoring throw to Gabriel Davis for a 7-0 lead. The Knights kicked a field goal on the first play after the quarterback departed to make it 10-0. Mack got plenty of help from a talented supporting cast that includes Greg McCrae to make sure UCF finished the job. South Florida (7-5, 3-5) finished the regular season on a five-game losing streak, its longest skid since 2013. McCrae scored on runs of 40, 39 and 31yards, with the second of the three TDs re-establishing a 14-point after South Florida briefly pulled to 17-10 on Johnny Ford's 34-yard catch-and-run for the Bulls' only touchdown. - AP College Football

11/23/18 - (QB) - McKenzie Milton, Jr, 5-11, 185
QB McKenzie Milton of Central Florida was carted off the field because of what appeared to be a serious right knee injury during the second quarter against South Florida on Friday. Milton was hit while scrambling and his leg was bent in an unnatural direction. As trainers attended to Milton, the entire UCF team came out to the field to surround the quarterback before he was taken off the field on a cart after his right leg was wrapped. Milton's leg was bent at such a gruesome angle that ESPN did not show any replays. Ninth-ranked UCF (10-0, 7-0 in the AAC) has won 23 consecutive games and will play in the AAC Championship Game next week. The Knights have not lost a game since Arkansas beat them, 31-13, in the Cure Bowl on Dec. 17, 2016. The 5-11, 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.


11/18/18 - (QB) - McKenzie Milton, Jr, 5-11, 185
McKenzie Milton threw for 268 yards and accounted for four touchdowns to help No. 11 UCF remain unbeaten and extend the nation's longest winning streak to 23 games with a 38-13 rout of No. 19 Cincinnati on Saturday night. The junior from Kapolei, Hawaii, passed for three TDs without an interception and scored on a 3-yard run as the Knights (10-0, 7-0) clinched the American Athletic Conference East Division title and a spot in the league's championship game. Milton rebounded from losing a fumble Cincinnati recovered in the end zone for a touchdown on UCF's first offensive play to complete 13 of 25 passes, including TDs of 17 yards and 42 yards to Adrian Killins and 36 yards to Tre Nixon. Malik Clements' goal-line sack and Kimoni Fitz's fumble recovery gave the Bearcats (9-2, 5-2) the early lead, but Cincinnati didn't get in the end zone offensively until Tavion Thomas scored on a 1-yard run nearly six minutes into the fourth quarter. - AP College Football


11/12/18 - (QB) - McKenzie Milton, Jr, 5-11, 185
NOV 12 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: McKenzie Milton, UCF, Jr., QB,...Completed 17 of 21 passes (80.1 percent) for 200 yards and two touchdowns and added 62 rushing yards and a rushing TD in a 35-24 win against Navy, the Knights' 22nd straight victory. - American Athletic Conference Football


11/10/18 - (QB) - McKenzie Milton, Jr, 5-11, 185
No. 11 UCF is becoming predictable as the Knights pursue another undefeated season. The defending American Athletic Conference champions keep on winning while insisting they aren't listening to chatter about whether they will be deserving of a berth in the College Football Playoff if they remain unbeaten when the four-team field is picked in December. Now, coach Josh Heupel and his players say they're turning their focus to No. 25 Cincinnati, which comes to Florida next week for a crucial AAC test. A victory over the Bearcats will clinch a spot in the conference championship game.

"At the end of the day, if you're doing it right inside of your program, each game becomes bigger," Heupel said Saturday after McKenzie Milton threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third to key a 35-24 victory over Navy that extended the nation's longest winning streak to 22 games. "That's what we want. That's the type of program we're trying to build," Heupel added. "I have great respect for Cincinnati. We're going to enjoy this one today and move on to Cincinnati tomorrow." UCF (9-0, 6-0) finished as the only unbeaten team in the Football Bowl Subdivision a year ago, but was not included in the CFP. The Knights currently are one of four FBS teams that remain undefeated, along with the top three teams in the latest CFP rankings - Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame. - AP College Football

11/05/18 - (QB) - McKenzie Milton, Jr, 5-11, 185
NOV 5 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: McKenzie Milton, UCF, Jr., QB,...Completed 17 of 33 passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns and added a rushing TD in a 52-40 win against Temple, the Knights' 21st straight victory. - American Athletic Conference Football


11/02/18 - (QB) - McKenzie Milton, Jr, 5-11, 185
No. 9 UCF only knows one way to answer questions about where it stands among the elite teams in college football - keep winning. The defending American Athletic Conference champions remained unbeaten Thursday night, pulling away from Temple late for a 52-40 victory that extended the nation's longest winning streak and gave the Knights (8-0, 5-0) sole possession of first place in the AAC East Division. Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame are only other undefeated teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision. They're among the front-runners in the race for spots in the four-team College Football Playoff, while UCF remains a longshot despite a sparkling record dating to last season. "I'm not even concerned about that right now," coach Josh Heupel said. "Our job is to go 1-0 every week. ... If you do that, you probably deserve to go play for something special at the end of the year." McKenzie Milton threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns, Greg McCrae rushed for 188 yards and one TD, and the Knights defense forced two turnovers and held Temple to six points after halftime. - AP College Football


10/22/18 - (K) - Matthew Wright, rSr, 5-11, 179
OCT 22 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Matthew Wright, UCF, Sr., K, Lancaster, Pa.,...Wright scored 13 points, going 3-for-3 on field goal tries with four PATs in UCF's 37-10 win at ECU. Wright connected on field goals of 39, 41 and 46 yards, providing the Knights with their first six points on a day in which they were without American Offensive Player of the Year McKenzie Milton. - American Athletic Conference Football


10/22/18 - (OLB) - Nate Evans, Jr, 6-0, 241
OCT 22 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CODEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Nate Evans, UCF, Jr., LB, Waggaman, La.,...Evans had 10 tackles, including a sack, had a pass breakup and delivered a game-changing play in the fourth quarter with a 94-yard fumble return for a touchdown as UCF won its 20th consecutive game a 37-10 victory at ECU. Evans' touchdown came early in the fourth quarter as ECU was threatening to close with four points. - American Athletic Conference Football


10/20/18 - (QB) - Darriel Mack Jr., rFr, 6-2, 230
Darriel Mack Jr. stepped in for Heisman Trophy hopeful McKenzie Milton and rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown, and No. 10 UCF forced five turnovers in beating East Carolina 37-10 for its 20th straight victory. Nate Evans returned a fumble 94 yards for a momentum-changing touchdown with 10:07 left, Greg McCrae added a 74-yard TD run and the Knights (7-0, 4-0 American Athletic Conference) turned all those takeaways into 24 points. UCF - which was outgained 496-427 - went up 20-3 by scoring on four consecutive possessions in the second quarter, then made it a full-fledged rout with those late big plays. Receiver Quadry Jones threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Adrian Killins on a trick play, and Matthew Wright kicked three field goals for the Knights. With Milton sitting this one out while in full uniform from the sideline, Mack was 12 of 20 for 69 yards but was more dangerous with his legs, rushing 7 yards for an early touchdown. - AP College Football


10/20/18 - (QB) - McKenzie Milton, Jr, 5-11, 185
Heisman Trophy hopeful McKenzie Milton did not start at quarterback on Saturday night for No. 10 UCF at East Carolina. Team spokesman Andy Seeley said only that it was a game-time decision by coach Josh Heupel. Darriel Mack Jr. made his first career start for the Knights (6-0, 3-0 American Athletic Conference), who entered with the nation's longest winning streak at 19 games. Milton went through warmups for UCF, was in full uniform on the sideline and did not show any obvious signs of injury. Milton ranks seventh nationally with an average of 333.5 total yards and is 11th with an average of 299.5 yards passing for UCF. - AP College Football


10/15/18 - (QB) - McKenzie Milton, Jr, 5-11, 185
OCT 15 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: McKenzie Milton, UCF, Jr., QB, Kapolei, Hawaii,...Milton kept UCF unbeaten and led the Knights to their 19th consecutive victory, a 31-30 come-from-behind win at Memphis. He completed 17 of 29 passes for 296 yards and a touchdown and capped UCF's comeback from a 30-17 halftime deficit with a 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that stood up as the gamewinner. Milton has thrown 16 touchdown passes and has a team-high six rushing TDs in 2018. - American Athletic Conference Football


10/15/18 - (K) - Matthew Wright, rSr, 5-11, 179
OCT 15 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Matthew Wright, UCF, Sr., K, Lancaster, Pa.,...Wright scored seven points, including a key 44-yard field goal at the halftime gun and went 4-for-4 on PATs in UCF's 31-30 win at Memphis. Wright's field goal brought UCF within two scores of the Tigers, while his final PAT, in the fourth quarter, accounted for the winning point. - American Athletic Conference Football


10/15/18 - (DE) - Brendon Hayes, rJr, 6-2, 293
OCT 15 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Brendon Hayes, UCF, Jr., DE,...Had five tackles, including a sack and 2.0 tackles for loss, in a 31-30 win at Memphis. - American Athletic Conference Football


10/14/18 - (QB) - McKenzie Milton, Jr, 5-11, 185
With No. 10 Central Florida struggling and the nation's longest winning streak in jeopardy, first-year coach Josh Heupel decided to take a gamble. Facing fourth-and-1 in Memphis territory late in the third quarter and down 13 points, Heupel sent his offense back on the field and gave the ball to Taj McGowan. With the Tigers' defense bunched at the line of scrimmage, McGowan burst through the line and went 71 yards for a touchdown. It was just what the Knights needed and they went on to beat Memphis 31-30 on Saturday, running their winning streak to 19 games.

"Huge momentum play in the game and changed the way the end of the third quarter and the fourth quarter was played," Heupel said, adding: "I just felt like it was an opportunity for us to extend the drive and get to the next play. Little did I know he was going to take it the distance." McKenzie Milton threw for 296 yards to help the Knights to their 12th straight win over the Tigers. Milton's 7-yard touchdown with 12:14 left gave UCF (6-0, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) its first lead. The Knights trailed 30-14 with 2:04 left in the first half. The victory was by far the toughest game of the season for the Knights, who defeated their first five opponents by double-digits. - AP College Football

10/08/18 - (DE) - Titus Davis, Sr, 6-2, 250
OCT 8 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Titus Davis, UCF, Sr., DE, Atlanta, Ga.,...Davis led a defensive effort that held SMU to 83 rushing yards in the Knights' 48-20 win. Davis finished with six tackles, a sack, 3.0 tackles for loss and a forced fumble to help the Knights to their conference-record 18th straight victory. Davis has 20 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks this season. - American Athletic Conference Football


10/08/18 - (RB) - Adrian Killins Jr., Jr, 5-08, 165
OCT 8 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Adrian Killins, UCF, Jr., RB,...Rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in a 48-20 win against SMU. - American Athletic Conference Football


10/06/18 - (QB) - McKenzie Milton, Jr, 5-11, 185
McKenzie Milton threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns to help No. 12 UCF extend the nation's longest winning streak to 18 games with a 48-20 victory over SMU on Saturday night. Adrian Killins rushed for 113 yards and a TD for the Knights (5-0, 2-0), one of three unbeaten teams remaining in the American Athletic Conference, along with Cincinnati and South Florida. Milton completed 18 of 34 passes with one interception after accounting for 12 touchdowns - seven passing and five rushing - in nonconference victories over Florida Atlantic and Pittsburgh the previous two weeks. The junior from Kapolei, Hawaii, tossed TD passes of 14 yards to Dredrick Snelson in the first quarter and 30 yards to Tre Nixon on the first play of the fourth quarter. The Knights also got two TD runs from Otis Anderson and one from Trysten Hill, a 315-pound defensive tackle who lined up as a fullback before plowing into the end zone on fourth-and-1 and drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for spiking the ball. - AP College Football


10/01/18 - (QB) - McKenzie Milton, Jr, 5-11, 185
OCT 1 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: McKenzie Milton, UCF, Jr., QB, Kapolei, Hawaii,...Milton, who was also named as the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week, had a hand in six touchdowns for the second consecutive week and finished with 379 yards of total offense to lead UCF to its conference-record 17th straight victory, a 45-14 win against Pitt. Milton completed 18 of 34 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 51 yards and two more TDs. - American Athletic Conference Football


10/01/18 - (FS) - Richie Grant, rSo, 6-0, 194
OCT 1 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Richie Grant, UCF, So., S,...Had eight tackles and an interception in a 45-14 win against Pitt. - American Athletic Conference Football


10/01/18 - (QB) - McKenzie Milton, Jr, 5-11, 185
OCT 1 WALTER CAMP FOOTBALL NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: McKENZIE MILTON, UCF, Junior, Quarterback, Kapolei, Hawaii/Mililani...McKenzie Milton accounted for six touchdowns (4 passing, 2 rushing) as 13th-ranked UCF defeated Pittsburgh, 45-14. Milton passed for 328 yards (18-of-34) and four touchdowns, and rushed for 51 yards and two more scores as the Knights improved to 4-0. Notes: It is the second time that McKenzie Milton has earned Walter Camp Player of the Week honors (Nov. 26, 2017) and the third UCF honoree (Terrance Plummer, LB, Oct. 12, 2014). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation


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