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Who is Zack Moss? Running back made his mark at Utah

The Utes’ all-time leading rusher is bound for the NFL

Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2), the school’s all-time leading rusher, is a strong candidate to be selected during the second day of the 2020 NFL draft.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Zack Moss proved to be quite a Runnin’ Ute.

After making the decision to join Florida high school teammates Tyler Huntley and Demari Simpkins at Utah, Moss made a lasting impression. He’s headed to the NFL as the team’s all-time leading rusher (4,167 yards).

In four seasons with the Utes, Moss broke five other school records — career all-purpose plays (778), career rushing carries (712), career touchdowns (41), career rushing touchdowns (38) and career 100-yard rushing games (18). On top of that, he’s the co-leader for single-season rushing touchdowns (15) and career 200-yard rushing games (2).

Following the Alamo Bowl, Moss said Utah was a great place to come and mature as a person — on and off the field.

“If you’re really serious about your craft, this is a great place to come,” Moss said. “The coaches push you on and off the field — and especially in the classroom.”

Moss was named the 2019 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for a conference-high 1,416 yards. All-America recognition came from the Associated Press, CBS Sports, FWAA and Pro Football Focus.

“He’s got vision. He’s got balance,” said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. “He can run inside. He can run outside. He can pick up blitzes. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. He’s a complete back.”

Utah offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig noted that there’s been a lot of pre-draft buzz about Moss, and rightfully so.

“It’ll be interesting to see how that one shapes up,” Ludwig said. “With the ball in his hand, he’s as dynamic and explosive as any player I’ve been fortunate to coach.”

Ludwig has worked with 16 1,000-yard rushers in his career, including Heisman Trophy finalist Melvin Gordon at Wisconsin. Moss, who is 5-foot-9 and 223-pounds, has been projected to go as high as the second round in this year’s draft.

“I think he’s got the full package,” Ludwig said. “I think he’s got plenty of size. He’s got good speed, the physicality, and an ability to make the first player miss.”