SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s starting running back Zack Moss is out for the remainder of the season after suffering a season-ending injury this week.
Moss, a junior from Florida, suffered a knee injury this week and will miss the remainder of the season, according to multiple sources. He tweeted Thursday night: “So many emotions. So many tears. I’m coming back stronger. God’s plan.”
So many emotions. So many tears. I'm coming back stronger. God's plan— ❌ (@PresMoss2) November 9, 2018
XM Satellite radio host Sean O’Connell tweeted Thursday that Moss is expected to have surgery on his knee this week; however, nothing has been confirmed by the university.
The Moss injury comes just a few days after Utah’s starting quarterback Tyler Huntley suffered a season-ending injury to non-throwing arm in their game against Arizona State Saturday. In Moss’ absence, Utah will rely on Armand Shyne to close out the remainder of the season, as well as running backs TJ Green and Devin Brumfield.
Shyne is the next leading rusher on Utah but has only had 166 yards and two touchdown on 37 carries. The junior running back is averaging 4.49 yards per carry in his limited role. Shyne competed for a starting role in fall camp last season but suffered a season-ending injury before the season started.
Freshmen Green and Brumfield have had limited roles in Utah's offense this season, but have bright futures in the program and could get some more playing time in Moss' absence. Brumfield has only played in two games this season and could still play in atwo more and redshirt based on new NCAA rules that allow a player to be involved in up to four games.
Earlier this week, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said his team will still rely on a QB-run element in the offense with Jason Shelley, but that was before Moss suffered his injury. Whittingham added that it's no time to dwell on injuries. He maintained that his "next man up" mentality will continue to lead Utah.
Moss had a strong season for Utah and emerged as a go-to back for Utah in their pursuit for another strong rush-heavy offense. He finished the season with 1,092 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in nine games.
Although Moss has eligibility left, it’s possible he could declare early for the upcoming NFL draft.