Family: Milton recovering from nerve damage

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The family of Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton says he has nerve damage in his right leg, but “blood flow has been restored” and the Mililani High School graduate is recovering from the injury suffered during UCF’s last game.

Milton was carted off the field during the first half of the Knights’ victory at rival South Florida on Friday after getting injured while being tackled. The junior from Kapolei, Oahu, has been treated at Tampa General Hospital.

Milton’s family released a statement Tuesday thanking the doctors and nurses at the hospital and the medical and athletic training staffs at UCF and USF.

The family says the nerve in Milton’s leg was “injured but intact.” He will have reconstructive knee surgery at an undetermined date.

No. 7 UCF hosts Memphis in the American Athletic Conference championship game Saturday.

Milton, eighth in Heisman Trophy balloting a year ago, passed for 2,663 yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions while leading the Knights to their second straight undefeated regular season. He also ran for 307 yards and nine scores.

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1. Alabama (12-0), 2. Clemson (12-0), 3. Notre Dame (12-0), 4. Georgia (11-1), 5. Oklahoma (11-1), 6. Ohio St. (11-1), 7. Michigan (10-2), 8. UCF (11-0), 9. Florida (9-3), 10. LSU (9-3), 11. Washington (9-3), 12. Penn St. (9-3), 13. Washington St. (10-2), 14. Texas (9-3), 15. Kentucky (9-3), 16. West Virginia (8-3), 17. Utah (9-3), 18. Mississippi St. (8-4), 19. Texas A&M (8-4), 20. Syracuse (9-3), 21. Northwestern (8-4), 22. Boise St. (10-2), 23. Iowa St. (7-4), 24. Missouri (8-4), 25. Fresno St. (10-2).