Where should McKenzie Milton transfer?
It was only a matter of time before UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton would transfer. Dillon Gabriel's success makes him the quarterback of the future for the Knights, and Milton deserves a shot to be a starter elsewhere. It's just a matter of how healthy his knee is when he gets that chance. So now the question remains: where will he go? There are a few destinations that make sense, so let's take a quick look at where he might land.
Chip Kelly is still trying to figure things out at UCLA, and some stability at quarterback would be helpful. An exodus of transfers hit the Bruins this offseason, but not at the quarterback spot. Dorian Thompson-Robinson has been inconsistent so far, and Chase Griffin has seen time as well. Neither bring the stability the Milton provides, and this could be an offense that benefits him.
Tyler Shough could very well be the quarterback of the future for the Ducks, but a playoff run requires more consistency. Milton brings more of that in the passing game in terms of big plays, and can also fit into the running game with his speed. Milton has 1,078 yards and 20 touchdowns rushing, and the Ducks play at a speed he's more than comfortable replicating.
If Nick Marshall can bring the Tigers to a national championship game, imagine what a more consistent passer can do. With Bo Nix struggling to elevate the Tigers offense, it might be time to look for a transfer to help. Milton's abilities would be extremely fun to watch in Gus Mahlzahn's offense, and he's basically a better version of Marshall. Auburn wouldn't have Seth Williams to save the day, but Milton helps void that need with his talent
It's hard to see Milton going to the Seminoles, mostly because it's a youth movement in Tallahassee. Mike Norvell would entertain the idea of bringing Milton to campus, but it might not be the best idea with sophomore Jordan Travis and freshman Chubba Purdy competing for the job. If this were year three under Norvell and they needed a quarterback, Milton would be perfect.
D'Eriq King and Rhett Lashlee continue to be one of the best quarterback-offensive coordinator pairings in the country, and they could repeat that next year. King's success after transferring from Houston is proving that Group of 5 talent can play anywhere, and Milton would be an intriguing successor to King.
I've seen this one floating around, but I don't like the fit for Milton as much as others. Dan Mullen paired with anyone seems like it could work, but this one's a little tougher to believe with Emory Jones on the roster. However the competition would be wide open with Heisman hopeful Kyle Trask gone, so Milton and Jones could battle it out. With Mullen's success coaching Dak Prescott at Mississippi State, Milton could find similar success in the same system.
I'd argue this is the favorite. Milton found his success in 2017 with then-UCF head coach Scott Frost who's now in the same role at Nebraska. The Cornhuskers are in desperate need for some stability at quarterback, and the natural link between Frost and Milton puts them together. I don't know if either side would do this, given that Nebraska already has Luke McCaffrey and Adrian Martinez.