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Sporting News likes them some Zack Moss

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Utah junior-to-be running back opened a lot of eyes last season, especially the last couple games of the year. He helped carry Utah to bowl eligbility, and really came into his own as the season went along. Now, he’s expected to be one of the biggest keys for what should be a very good season for the Utes, along with Tyler Huntley, Armand Shyne and a returning offensive line.

The Sporting News just released a ranking list of some of the best running backs in the country, and they have Moss listed at No. 22 in their rankings. Here’s what they have to say about the Utes:

Moss was a workhorse in his first season starting last year, and all signs point to him continuing that role in 2018. Listed at 5-10, 217 pounds, Moss is a load to bring down — but still elusive enough to make the first guy miss. Among Pac-12 backs returning for 2018, only Bryce Love was more elusive than Moss, according to Pro Football Focus.

The article has Moss as the 4th rated back in the Pac-12 behind these three:

Patrick Laird

Myles Gaskin

Bryce Love

I’m going to be honest, I paid almost no attention to Cal last season, so Laird really took me off guard. Gaskin and Love really surprise me, but I think Moss may be a better rounded running back than Gaskin, especially given his size. I think Gaskin is the right call on their list, but I think Moss will prove to be better long term. Bryce Love, well, that’s a no brainer. I think the biggest thing that Moss has going for him this year is the fact he should be able to stay fresh with Shyne being able to take plenty of reps. Those two should prove out to be quite a one-two punch, and arguably the best in the league. If the Utes are able to stay healthy up front, it should be a tough running game.