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A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss: Utah RB Zack Moss

Despite the shoulder injury which knocked him out of last week’s game, Zack Moss is one of the best senior RBs in all of college football. @reflipewthenuz dives in to examine the talented Pac-12 back to determine if this rolling stone is worth your time.

In the dynasty community, we all want the flashy new toy. This is no different in devy dynasty leagues. Oftentimes, in the search for the “Next Big Thing,” we seem to overlook the seniors who have put in the time and developed over several years. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to find a player who is both an early breakout and a senior who stayed in school for one reason or another. Utah RB Zack Moss is one of these types of players. Despite coming off back-to-back 1,000 yards seasons, Moss decided to put off his entry into the NFL draft to return to Utah for his senior season after sustaining a somewhat mysterious knee injury. Back from surgery and looking fully healthy again, the powerful RB had gotten off to a fast start in his final year in Salt Lake City. He recently sustained a shoulder injury that may cost him a couple of games. Despite this unfortunate incident, Moss is a player well worth your attention. Without further ado, let us take a look at the uber-talented Utah ball carrier.

High School:

Zack Moss has NFL blood running through his veins. He is the cousin of both Santana and Sinorice Moss. He came to Utah via Hallandale High School in Broward County Florida. He had transferred to the magnet school after spending his first three years at Mater Academy Charter, also in Florida. The move proved to be a fruitful one as Moss was given the opportunity to be featured in the school’s football program. He grabbed the bull by both horns and put up an extremely impressive senior season. He rushed for 145/1,098/17 while chipping in 25/425/4 receiving. His ultra-impressive High School highlight film is included below.   

In what was truly a season to remember, Moss, garnered several different scholarship opportunities. He was also deemed a 3-star recruit by a number of different scouting agencies. Offers were made by Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Appalachian State, Tennessee, Miami, and Utah. Due to his extensive family ties, it was assumed that Moss would stay at home and attend the University of Miami. The table seemed to be set for him to follow in his cousin’s footsteps before changes were made at the University. Following the 2015 season, Miami decided to part ways with Head Coach Al Golden. Moss was one of several recruits that de-committed from the university. He eventually decided to take his talents out west and chose to attend the University of Utah.

Utah Freshman:

In going to the Mountain West young Zack Moss was charting a new course for his future. During his freshman season in Salt Lake City, the young RB was afforded the chance to get his feet wet in the highly competitive Pac-12. Utah already had starter Joe Williams in place who rushed for over 1,000 yards and 10 TDs that season. Moss was, however, able to show what kind of skills he had to offer by putting up 84/382/2. In particular his games against San Jose St. where he put up 95 yards and a TD as well as against USC where he put up 90 yards showcased the type of RB he could be when given a chance. The stage was effectively set for a breakout in his sophomore campaign.

Utah Sophomore:

Following a promising freshman preview, Zack Moss exploded onto the scene in his sophomore year. He displayed the power and balance that has become a hallmark of his game. Across his 12 starts, he put up over 1,100 yards and 10 TDs. Moss also proved that he could be a reliable part of the passing attack by putting up 29/243/0 in that area of the game. Moss displayed the ability to make yards for himself using power to blow through arm tackles while also keeping his balance and forward momentum. You can see from his highlights below just why Moss was considered one of the best draft-eligible RBs heading into his Junior season at Salt Lake City.

Utah Junior:

Entering his third season at Utah, Zack Moss was considered one of the best RBs in the nation. He found himself on the watchlist for several seasonal awards. Moss picked right back up where he left off in his sophomore bowl game. Throughout his first nine games, Moss put up 179/1,096/11. He was however strangely left out of the receiving game with his numbers dipping to 8/50/1. Moss rushed for over 100 yards in six of the nine games including a career-high 211 yards against UCLA. Sadly his promising Junior year was cut short by a strange and curious knee injury. It was reported that he aggravated a pre-existing injury while climbing into bed. This sad and strange affliction ended what was shaping up to be a truly special season. Despite missing the end of the year Moss was again the central piece of the Utes scheme and helped them get to a Pac-12 Championship game. His highlight film below shows just what a special talent he had become.

Utah Senior:

Following the tragic knee injury which ended his Junior year, Zack Moss decided to return to Utah for his senior season. He had hoped to rehab his value for the upcoming draft as well as help the Utes to a Pac-12 Championship. The year got off to a promising start as he gashed the BYU Cougars for 29/187/1. It seemed that he had not lost any of the ability which made him 2nd Team All Pac-12 despite missing games the previous year. Things were going well for both Moss and the University of Utah who found themselves going into USC last week ranked in the top 10 in the national polls. Then sadly injury struck again. This time Moss was felled by an AC Joint Injury in his left shoulder early in the team’s loss to the Trojans. It does not seem that the ailment will require surgery or keep him out long term as the season progresses. However, this injury will again put him on the back burner in regard to national attention among a loaded RB class. Below I will include the highlights of Moss’s week 1 game so you can see for yourself the health of his knee. 

Final Assessment:

Zack Moss is a powerfully built one-cut runner. He uses his 5’10 225 lb. Frame to its full advantage. He runs with balance and leverage routinely breaking through arm tackles. He displays adequate to above average vision in finding the hole and pressing upfield once he finds the crease. His biggest weakness seems to be in the passing game where he has only one single season of substantial use in that department. He is a willing pass blocker but like the majority of NFL rookie, RBs will need to improve in this area. His stats below highlight a player who has intriguing skills to offer an NFL team.

Moss will have the disadvantage of being part of a potentially loaded class. Many will overlook the Pac-12 RB and his accomplishments. He is somewhat more of a grinder than a home run hitter. He beats opposing defenses by an accumulation of punishment. His game reminds me of a poor man’s Mark Ingram, who himself was not the fastest RB around. Both players use a combination of vision and physicality to impose their will on defenders. Do yourself a favor and keep an eye on Zack Moss as the year rolls along. 

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