UCF may be without star quarterback McKenzie Milton after suffering an gruesome leg injury, but he is with the team in spirit. Not only did UCF hand out 40,000 leis to fans in attendance, but Milton’s teammate Dredrick Snelson wore a lei underneath his uniform.
Milton is from Hawaii and the leis were done as a way to honor the Knights injured quarterback. ESPN’s Maria Taylor reported Milton has already undergone three surgeries in the week since he sustained the injury, and the quarterback will also have reconstructive knee surgery in the next four to six weeks.
Milton watched UCF take on Memphis from his Orlando home as the quarterback was advised by doctors not to attend the game.
UCF has been encouraging fans to use the #10hana throughout the week and the phrase is also on the UCF helmets. Ohana is a term used in Hawaii to refer to family, while the No. 10 is Milton’s jersey number. UCF head coach Josh Heupel told UCFSports.com Milton has remained positive despite the setback.
Yeah. I went to the hospital that first night and was there. My wife and I were there until early morning. At the end of the day with McKenzie and his situation, the family is going to provide the information. I just personally feel with the type of injury that he had, they’ll update the public, his fans, as they feel comfortable with his current medical condition. I’ve talked to him since the first surgery. I told him that I love him. All of our players have been up there and that type of thing as well. There’s been an outpouring of support for him. He’s appreciative. He’ll fight back. The hurdles that he’s had to clear up to this point, he’s cleared in typical McKenzie fashion. He hurdles them and does a great job. He’s got more in front of them. He’s a fighter and a competitor. He’ll be back.
Source: Heavy Sports