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College football world reacts to QB McKenzie Milton transferring from UCF: ‘Go be great’

A lot of goat emojis were used to describe the legendary UCF QB

Stanford v Central Florida Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

In McKenzie Milton’s farewell video to Knight Nation, head coach Josh Heupel sums up the legacy that the star quarterback will leave on the UCF community in one word: influential.

Milton was influential on and off the field: he could change the course of a game with just one snap (the 2017 AAC Championship against Memphis comes to mind) and he could lead a true freshman quarterback to the top (enter Dillon Gabriel).

His influence went far beyond UCF, however. Within minutes of the news of Milton entering the transfer portal, Twitter went gangbusters. “McKenzie Milton” is still trending on Twitter nationwide six hours later — partly because Huskers fans are awaiting anxiously to see if Luke McCaffrey will have a job next season. But that’s none of our business.

From fans to teammates and from the UCF president to Knugget, praise and support overwhelmed social media on Thursday. Here’s what the college football world had to say about the news of Milton’s leaving UCF (here’s your warning to grab a tissue to wipe your inevitable tears that will fall while reliving the news of KZ leaving all over again):

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 01 AAC Championship Game - UCF v Memphis
ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 01: UCF fans showing their support for UCF Knights quarterback McKenzie Milton (10) during the AAC Championship football game between the UCF Knights and the Memphis Tigers on December 1, 2018 at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, FL.
Photo by Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Current and former UCF Knights show support for McKenzie Milton

Former UCF WR, current Buffalo Bills WR Gabe Davis:

Former UCF DB Rashard Causey

Former UCF WR Dredrick Snelson Jr.

UCF DB Richie Grant

UCF DE Josh Celiscar

UCF DT Noah Hancock

UCF DT Christopher Deloach

UCF WR Marlon Williams

UCF coaches, staff, officials pay tribute to KZ

Josh Heupel, UCF head football coach

Danny White, UCF athletic director

Dr. Alexander Cartwright, president of UCF

Eric DeSalvo, UCF assistant athletics director, #Content

Marc Daniels, UCF director of broadcasting




Chief Carl Metzger, UCF Police Department

Shane Burnham, UCF football defensive line coach

Erik Kohler, former “Voice of UCF”

Jimmy Skiles, UCF assistant athletics director, fan development

Mike Aresco, American Athletic Conference commissioner

How members of the media reacted to the news of KZ transferring

Matt Murschel, Orlando Sentinel

Pete Thamel, Yahoo Sports

Connor O’Gara, Saturday Down South

Pat Forde, Sports Illustrated

Alex Kirshner, Split Zone Duo

Thor Nystrom, NBC Sports

Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports

For fan reactions, just open whatever social media platform you fancy the most. There’s no shortage of supportive Knights — and distressed Gators — talking about McKenzie Milton today.

Daniella Medina is a contributing writer for Black & Gold Banneret. Follow her on Twitter @danimedinanews. #10HANA