UCF Knights Conduct First Workout In Full Pads, Milton Focuses On Details
By Andy Seeley, UCF Knights // March 27, 2018
ABOVE VIDEO: With the Josh Heupel era underway, get to know how he and his staff have been gelling with the team. (UCF Knights Vide0)
ORLANDO, FLORIDA (UCF Knights) – The UCF football team returned to action Monday morning.
This time, the Knights were in full pads.
“I really like what our players have done in the first three days, heading into today,” head coach Josh Heupel told the media following Monday’s fourth session of the spring.
“They’ve gotten better every single day.”
The team had put on shells Friday night under the lights, but Monday marked the first full pad practice of 2018. And this year’s squad showcased its ability to play through contact to its new head coach.
“We’ve got a physical group,” Heupel said.
“They like to hit, they like to be physical, and that gives us a chance on the field.”
What will also give the Knights a chance next season is the return of American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year McKenzie Milton. The third year quarterback has already made an impression on the new staff.
“He cares. He pays attention to detail,” Heupel said of Milton. “He comes out to practice with a purpose every single day. He’s made strides fundamentally every single day because of that, and that’s going to allow him to play more efficiently.”
Not to be left out, Milton had similarly positive things to say about his new head coach.
“He’s very smart. He definitely knows the game,” Milton said of Heupel. “He’s definitely a student of the game.”
Heupel sits in on every quarterback meeting, and Milton has made notice.
“You’re always locked in just because he is,” Milton said of Heupel’s energy. “It’s infectious and it goes from the meeting room to the practice field.”
Play of the Day
During one-on-one drills, Milton connected with sophomore wide receiver Elijah Spann deep down the right side of the field. It was the perfect deep ball that Knight fans witness all of last season. Early on, it seems, Milton is picking up right where he left off.
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