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NFL Draft Profile: RB Zack Moss, Utah – Buffalo Bills

ZACK MOSS, RB – UTAH: 3rd RD, 86th pick, Buffalo Bills 

An absolute bruiser, Zack Moss is statistically the best RB in Utes history. Additionally, he’s the most elusive back in the 2020 class according to PFF. Utah’s all-time leading rusher, Moss is an all-purpose back with a knack for getting yards after contact and punishing would-be tacklers. Without the top-end speed of some other pro backs, Moss more than makes up for it with his ability to read blockers, catch passes out of the backfield and provide protection himself. His low center of gravity and physicality make him a nightmare for defenders to bring down.

SIMPLY THE BEST: ZACK’S TIME AT UTAH (via Utah Athletics) 

UTAH: Returned to the field from an injury-shortened 2018 season to earn All-America honors and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year … first player in Utah history with three 1,000-yard seasons (1,416 in 2019, 1,096 in 2018, 1,173 in 2017) … broke six school records in 2019 (career carries, 712; career rushing yards, 4,167; career 100-yard rushing games, 18; career rushing touchdowns, 38; career all-purpose plays, 778; career total touchdowns, 41) and tied for two more (career 200-yard rushing games, 2; season rushing touchdowns, 15).

2019: Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and Pac-12 All-Conference first-team … Pro Football Focus All-America first-team, CBS Sports and FWAA All-America second-team, and AP All-America third-team … saw action in 13 games, starting 12, missing the Washington State game with injury … was a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award and the Doak Walker Award … AP Co-Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year … led the team in carries (235), rushing yards (1,416), rushing touchdowns (15) and rushing yards per game (108.9) … also finished third on the team in receptions (28) and yards (388) with two receiving touchdowns … team-high 1,804 all-purpose yards for 138.8 yards per game … finished the season ranked No. 14 in the FBS and second in the Pac-12 in all-purpose yards per game (138.8), No. 13 in the FBS and No. 1 in the Pac-12 in rushing touchdowns (15), No. 22 in the FBS and second in the Pac-12 in rush yards per carry (6.0), No.14 in the FBS and No.1 in the Pac-12 in total rushing yards (1,416) and No.12 in the FBS and first in the Pac-12 in rushing yards per game (108.9) … eight 100-yard rushing games that included one 200-yard game .. second-career 200-yard game against Arizona, finishing with 26 carries for 203 yards and a touchdown … 29 carries for 187 yards (6.4 ypc) and a touchdown along with two catches for seven yards at BYU … averaged 7.4 yards per carry against UCLA, rushing 17 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns … only five carries against Oregon State, but broke free for 121 rushing yards and two touchdowns while averaging 24.2 yards per carry … his 91-yard rushing touchdown against Oregon State is the sixth-longest rush in the FBS this season and the third-longest in school history … 115 yards on 17 carries (6.8 ypc) and two touchdowns to break the school record for career 100-yard rushing games and career rushing touchdowns, also adding a career high 89 receiving yards on three catches (29.6 ypc) … 19 carries for 113 yards (5.9 ypc) with four receptions for 57 yards and a 24-yard touchdown reception against Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship game … 10 carries for 106 yards (10.6 ypc) and a touchdown against Idaho State … 27 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown, along with five catches for 41 yards and a receiving touchdown to break the school record for career touchdowns scored (36) … 25 carries for 99 yards against No. 17 Arizona State, breaking the school record for career rushing yards on his 32-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter … 20 carries for 88 yards and a one-yard rushing touchdown against Colorado … 18 carries for 80 yards and two touchdowns against Northern Illinois.

2018: Second-team All-Pac-12 … played and started in nine games before a season-ending injury … despite missing five games, led Utah with 179 carries for 1,096 yards (11 TD) … 1,096 yards ranked sixth in the Pac-12 … averaged 121.77 yards per game, which is the sixth-best season average in school history … second on the team with 1,146 all-purpose yards (1,096 rush, 50 receive) … six 100-yard rushing yard games included one 200-yard game … career-high 211 rushing yards (3 TDs) and two receptions for 14 yards against UCLA … 20 carries for 160 yards (2 TD) against Stanford … 16 carries for 150 yards (1 TD) and three receptions for 24 yards (1 TD) against Weber State … career-long 86-yard touchdown run against Weber ranks fourth in program history and was the longest rush in the Pac-12 in 2018 … 25 carries for 140 yards against USC … 18 carries for 128 rushing yards (7.1 average) and a touchdown against Arizona State … career-high 30 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown at Washington State.

2017: Played in all 13 games with 12 starts … led the team in rushing yards (1,173), carries (214), yards per game (90.2), and rushing touchdowns (10) … seventh in the Pac-12 in rushing yards … averaged 5.5 yards per carry … also had 29 receptions for 243 yards … led the team in all-purpose yards with 1,416 (1,173 rush, 243 receive) … five 100-yard rushing games (196 vs. Colorado, 153 vs. UCLA, 150 vs. West Virginia, 141 at USC, 128 vs. North Dakota) … career-high 196 yards and two touchdowns against Colorado … 221 all-purpose yards vs. Colorado … two touchdowns against UCLA and Washington State … 150 yards rushing with one touchdown against West Virginia in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

2016: Played in 10 games with three starts … averaged 83.7 yards in the three games he started (SJSU, USC, California) before missing the next two games due to injury (also missed game one with an injury) … second on the team in net rushing yards (382) and carries (84), while averaging 4.5 yards per carry … two touchdowns … led Utah in rushing against San Jose State (95 yards, 1 TD) and USC (90 yards) … 58 yards on 12 carries in career debut against BYU … 66 yards and a touchdown against California … one reception for four yards vs. USC.


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