By: Skip Newton | @skipnewton31
Devy Impact & Analysis: McKenzie Milton To FSU
The Florida State Seminoles have struggled to a 3-6 record but received some good news as they prepare for their final game of the season. UCF Knights quarterback McKenzie Milton will be transferring to Florida State for his final year of eligibility. Milton has spent the last two years rehabbing a devastating injury to his right knee. He suffered ligament, nerve and artery damage during a game against USF in November 2018.
A three-star, dual-threat recruit from the 2016 class, Milton was an immediate starter for UCF. He completed 67.1% of his passes, for 4,037 yards, 37 touchdowns and nine interceptions, while being sacked just 11 times in 2017. Milton was on pace for similar production in 2018 before the injury ended his season prematurely. The junior completed 59.2% of his attempts for 2,663 yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions in the ten games played.
Despite standing in at 5-11, 185-pounds, Milton is able to make all the throws. He’s accurate and demonstrates excellent touch on both short and deep balls. He anticipates breaks well and has a quick release, allowing him to make up for average arm strength. One area that isn’t average is his mobility. Milton moves around very well in the pocket and is a threat to pick up yards with his legs. In addition to his great passing season in 2018, he also chipped in 613 rushing yards with eight scores.
The Seminoles’ quarterback job will not be given to Milton. He will compete with freshman quarterback Chubba Purdy for the starting role in 2021. Purdy, who is a four-star, dual-threat prospect, has only appeared in three games this season. His best effort was in a 38-22 loss to North Carolina State, where he completed 15-of-23 passes for 181 yards, two touchdowns, zero interceptions and ran for 54 yards.
The battle for the position will begin early in 2021 when Milton arrives on campus for offseason workouts. At 6-2, 210-pounds, Purdy has a significant size advantage over Milton, as well as a year of experience in the Seminoles’ offense. However, if Milton has fully recovered from his injury, he should be the clear-cut favorite to win the job. The Hawaii native has already proven to be an effective passer and runner, while Purdy still needs time to develop.
The favorite to be Florida State’s starting quarterback should be McKenzie Milton. He’s already demonstrated he can play at a high level and he’s done it in multiple seasons. He’s worth a dart throw with a late pick in deeper Devy Superflex leagues and if he isn’t rostered in a Campus to Canton league, pick him up while you still can. Chubba Purdy should only be rostered in Campus to Canton and extremely deep Devy leagues. He’s a good prospect but still has to prove that he can excel against ACC competition and put himself in a good position to be drafted in the NFL.