Scott Frost has had some very good quarterbacks in his relatively short time as a college head coach. Before Adrian Martinez at Nebraska, Frost had the pleasure of coaching UCF’s McKenzie Milton.
Clearly, Milton made a serious impact on his former coach.
Unfortunately, the Knights star quarterback, who finished sixth in Heisman voting, won’t have a chance to lead his team in a second straight New Year’s Six game against an SEC power.
Milton suffered a gruesome leg injury in the regular season finale against rival USF, which required immediate surgery. While his family is optimistic about his recovery, Milton will obviously miss the Fiesta Bowl against LSU.
Scott Frost spoke about McKenzie Milton recently, and clearly the UCF superstar means a lot for him.
Frost says he would “do anything” for Milton, nicknamed “KZ,” who he says he sees like a son. From the Orlando Sentinel:
“First and foremost, KZ and his family have been in my thoughts and prayers since I found out what happened,” Frost said via email on Monday. “KZ is like a son to me. I would do anything for him. To see someone that you love go through pain like that is just gut-wrenching.
“An Injury like he went through is a reminder of how quickly things in life can be taken from you, and that (so) much is beyond your control. I know that KZ is a man of faith, and that faith will help pull him through this tough period.”
“If anyone can come back from an injury of this magnitude, my money would be on KZ,” Frost said. “I would not bet against that kid in football or in life. … Ohana!”
If Milton can’t continue his football career in the pros, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him wind up on staff at either his alma mater or Nebraska in some capacity.
Hopefully recovery from the dislocated knee goes well, though, and Milton will get his shot at the NFL. There have been few more exciting and successful players in college over the last two years.