Florida State officially announced the addition of quarterback McKenzie Milton, a graduate transfer from UCF, on Monday afternoon. Milton will join the Seminoles in January and be immediately eligible to play in 2021.
“We are fired up to have McKenzie joining our program,” coach Mike Norvell said. “He is a proven leader who will help us continue to establish a culture of excellence in everything we do here at Florida State. I have seen first-hand McKenzie’s talent, competitive drive and leadership skills which will be incredibly valuable to our team on and off the field. His return from injury has been an inspiration to so many people, and we are looking forward to his next chapter here in Tallahassee.”
Milton led the Knights to wins in each of his last 23 games started, including an undefeated 2017 season and two American Athletic Conference championships, and finished his UCF career with a 27-6 record as a starter. He is the only two-time AAC Offensive Player of the Year and in 2018 was a finalist for the Sullivan Award given to the nation’s top amateur athlete. Milton finished sixth in the 2018 Heisman Trophy voting and eighth in 2017.
“Florida State speaks for itself,” Milton said. “When you hear FSU and see the Garnet and Gold, that’s something that is rich in history and great players, both past and present. It’s a school you dream about going to as a kid. Getting that opportunity as a 23-year-old man is a perfect way to end my college career. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Norvell from competing against him and then getting to know him better throughout this process, and I’m extremely grateful to have the opportunity to play for him and Coach Dillingham. This is a great opportunity to play at the highest level and be around some great teammates and great players at the same time.”
Milton joins a quarterback room that includes Jordan Travis, Chubba Purdy and Tate Rodemaker.
“The process of competing for championships starts now, and I know it’s not going to be easy, but I’m excited for this next chapter,” Milton said. “I’m looking forward to being part of the quarterback room and supporting Jordan, Chubba and Tate. They’re going to push me to get better and I’m going to push them to get better. We’re going to hold each other accountable to do the work it takes. Just like at UCF, FSU is going to get my best effort in and out of the locker room. I couldn’t think of a better place to be than FSU.”
For his UCF career, Milton was 630-of-1,020 passing for 8,683 yards and 72 touchdowns with only 22 interceptions and added 1,078 yards and 20 touchdowns on 285 rushes for 9,761 yards of total offense. His streak of 24 straight games with at least one passing touchdown ranks second in program history, while his pass efficiency rating of 152.3, 13.8 average yards per completion, interception percentage of 2.2, total offense and completions all rank third on UCF’s all-time list. His pass attempts, passing touchdowns and touchdown responsibility totals are fourth in program history.
In 2017, Milton led the Knights to a perfect 13-0 campaign that culminated with a No. 6 ranking in the final AP poll after a victory over No. 7 Auburn in the Peach Bowl. He broke UCF single-season records with 4,650 yards of total offense, 4,037 passing yards, 37 passing touchdowns, an average of 10.2 yards per attempt and a pass efficiency rating of 179.29. That year he also set a new single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 613 and tied program records with seven 300-yard passing games and two 400-yard passing games.
Milton started 10 games as a true freshman in 2016 and broke UCF’s freshman record with 194 completions. He started 10 games during his junior year, accounting for 2,970 yards of total offense by throwing for 2,663 yards and 25 touchdowns and rushing for 307 yards and nine scores. He was injured in the regular season finale at USF and missed the 2019 and 2020 seasons due to that injury.