McKenzie Milton will be a Florida State Seminole.
ESPN’s Andrea Adelson broke the story on Sunday that Milton has decided to transfer to FSU.
Exclusive: McKenzie Milton tells me he plans to transfer to Florida State. He explains why here https://t.co/IK9G5fJKjk— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) December 13, 2020
“You see Florida State, the garnet and gold, it speaks for itself,” Milton told Adelson in an exclusive interview. “The notoriety the people that have come through there, Deion Sanders, Charlie Ward, Jameis Winston, it speaks for itself. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity. It’s something I don’t take for granted, especially what I’ve been through the past two years. It’s a very special opportunity, and I feel like we can get that thing turned around in the near future.”
Milton will compete for the starting job with redshirt sophomore Jordan Travis, who finished the 2020 season as Florida State’s lead QB. Milton told Adelson that he knows the starting job will not be handed to him, and he’s looking forward to proving that he’s up to the task.
“I’m going to have to go in and earn it, but it’s not something where they said you’re going to be the guy and that’s not something I want,” Milton said. “I want to go earn it, I want to earn the respect of the guys, and I just want to be a good teammate to the other quarterbacks, like I was at UCF.”
Do not be surprised if you see FSU head coach Mike Norvell use both Milton and Travis in the offense in 2021 as Travis is a great runner but a suspect passer.
As I wrote last week in an article about where Milton would end up, Florida State provides him with the best opportunity to start. The Seminoles need an experienced quarterback. Should Milton win the starting job out of camp, his return to the field will take place in front of a national TV audience as the Seminoles are scheduled to host Notre Dame on Labor Day weekend 2021.
Milton would not be the first player to play for both UCF and FSU. UCF Athletics Hall of Famer Marquette Smith transferred from Florida State to UCF in 1994 and played two seasons with the Knights. Milton figures to join Smith in that same Hall of Fame down the road.