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UCF Coach Josh Heupel Says McKenzie Milton Will "Absolutely" Play Again

UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton.

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01: McKenzie Milton #10 of the UCF Knights looks to pass in the second half against the Auburn Tigers during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

UCF star quarterback McKenzie Milton suffered a devastating knee injury in the team's regular season finale against USF. It left his football future in jeopardy.

Milton has had multiple surgeries to repair nerve damage and regenerate blood flow in the leg, and he needs at least one more procedure.

Milton's injury is career-threatening, and if he does return, it might not be until 2020. His head coach Josh Heupel is confident that he'll get back out there though.

Tonight, Heupel told reporters at Fiesta Bowl media day that he strongly feels Milton will "absolutely" play football again.

“It was a traumatic injury. Everybody across the country saw that when it happened," Heupel told reporters. "He's got a bunch of hurdles to still clear to get back on the football field, but everything that has unfolded [with the multiple surgeries he’s already had] has pretty much been best-case scenario. He's well on his way back to rehabbing it and getting better and being in position to eventually get back on the football field.”

There's no guarantee how Milton's leg will respond, particularly his damaged nerves. Hopefully he can get back out on the field.

Milton threw for 2,663 yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions this season.

UCF will take on LSU in the Fiesta Bowl on January 1. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.