Central Florida coach Josh Heupel did not play quarterback McKenzie Milton in Saturday nights 37-10 win for the 10th-ranked Knights at East Carolina because of a game-time decision regarding injuries.
“I just didn’t feel he was ready to go,” Heupel told reporters.
Milton suffered an ankle injury in last weeks win at Memphis, but Milton was in pads with his helmet at game time against East Carolina. According to multiple reports, Milton is also suffering from shoulder soreness and an injury with his right throwing hand.
Redshirt freshman Darriel Mack Jr. started the game at quarterback for UCF, which has won 21 straight games. Miltons string of 27 consecutive starts was snapped.
Central Florida improved to 7-0 with the victory. The Knights do not play again until Nov. 1 at home against Temple. Heupel wanted to give Milton extended rest heading into the last month of the regular season.
Milton, a junior from Kapolei, Hawaii, has completed 119 of 200 passes for 1,797 yards with 16 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He has thrown only one interception over the last four games after having three in a 38-0 win over South Carolina State on Sept. 8.
At 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, he has rushed for 204 yards on 48 carries with six touchdowns.