McKenzie Milton suffered nerve damage in his knee, still needs another surgery

Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton suffered an injured nerve in his right knee on Friday and still needs another significant surgery.

Milton’s family said in a statement Tuesday that a nerve in Milton’s knee was injured and that surgery following the injury was to restore blood flow to Milton’s lower leg. Milton suffered a gruesome knee injury against South Florida on Friday during a running play. His knee was bent at an awkward angle after the play and he was immediately taken to the hospital.

His blood flow has been restored to his right leg and his nerve has been injured but intact. He is recovering and is receiving the best medical care. At a later time, he will have reconstructive surgery to repair his knee. That date has not been determined at this time.

Milton, a junior in 2018, has been one of the best quarterbacks in college football since the beginning of the 2017 season. He finishes the 2018 season with over 2,660 passing yards and 34 total touchdowns. A teammate of Milton’s said the quarterback had recently been able to walk for the first time since the surgery late Friday. 

No. 9 UCF plays Memphis on Saturday in the American Athletic Conference Championship Game. Darriel Mack will start in place of Milton at quarterback.

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UCF's quarterback McKenzie Milton goes down with an apparent knee injury after being tackled during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Florida, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton goes down with an apparent knee injury after being tackled during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Florida on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton goes down with an apparent knee injury after being tackled during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Florida Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
A trainer from South Florida attends to Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton after he went down with an apparent knee injury during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
Members of the Central Florida staff and players react while quarterback McKenzie Milton receives attention for an apparent knee injury during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Florida on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton receives attention after an injury to his right leg during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Florida on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
South Florida coach Charlie Strong, left, comforts Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton, who had injured his right leg during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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