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5 things to know about running back Zack Moss


The Bills drafted running back Zack Moss out of Utah with the No. 86 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. It's the second consecutive year they drafted a running back in the third round. Moss is a native of Hallandale Beach, FL and finished his college career with 4,067 rushing yards and 38 touchdowns.

He was the first Utah player with three 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

1. NFL bloodlines

Zack Moss has a pair of cousins who played in the NFL. Former pro wideouts Santana Moss and Sinorice Moss are the running back's cousins. Santana was a first-round pick of the Jets in the 2001 NFL draft and had a 14-year career in which he compiled more than 10-thousand career receiving yards. Meanwhile Sinorice was a second-round pick of the Giants in 2006 and had a five-year career.

2. Record setter

Moss could've come out in the 2019 draft, but elected to return for his senior season and wound up breaking six school records at Utah.

He now holds the top spot for the Utes in total carries (712), total rushing yards (4,067), career 100-yard rushing games (18), rushing touchdowns (38), all-purpose plays (778) and total touchdowns (41).

3. Award winner

It was hard to deny Moss All-Conference honors after he put together a season of better than 1,400 rushing yards in just 13 games. The north-south back was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2019 as well as First Team All-Conference for his exploits for the Utes.

Moss average almost 110 rushing yards per game as a senior (108.9) and had 15 touchdowns.

4. First to graduate

Moss became the first college graduate in his immediate family after deciding to return for his Senior season. The running back completed the requirements for his Communications degree this past December.

He also was invited to the Senior Bowl but could not participate due to a shoulder sprain suffered at the end of his final collegiate season.

5. Productive in the pass game as well

As accomplished a runner as Moss is he also finished third on the team in receptions last season with 28 catches. And despite his bruising running style he also has a flair for the big play.

In 2019 alone, Moss had 16 plays of 25 yards or more.

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