SALT LAKE CITY — The Hallandale Trio will remain intact at the University of Utah for one more season.
Junior running back Zack Moss announced Monday that he was returning to the university for his senior season instead of leaving early for the upcoming NFL draft.
“My time as a Ute has been nothing short of spectacular,” Moss said in a tweet. “Just a kid from the inner cities of Miami, you gave him the opportunity to live out his dreams. I am forever grateful for that. I’ll be returning to the University of Utah for my senior season.
Time to cement my name. Let's do the damn thing 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/ZqJTfGHegP— ❌ (@PresMoss2) January 7, 2019
The powerful back earned a starting role for the Utes ahead of the 2017 season and emerged as one of the best running backs in the Pac-12 in a short time. Moss entered his junior season stronger and faster, which allowed him to shake off defenders and to deliver the blows to extend plays.
Moss, a Florida native and one of the Hallandale High School trio that included quarterback Tyler Huntley and receiver Demari Simpkins, played his last game as a Ute in the 2018 season against Arizona State after a lingering injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season.
In his junior season alone, Moss rushed for 1,096 yards and had 11 touchdowns. He became a reliable back to punch the ball into the end zone with his physical play and provided a stable blocking component to the passing game as he protected Huntley.
"I want to stay in school and finish my degree. I'll be the first person in my family to get my degree and that is important to both my mom and to me," Moss said in a statement. "I also want to be a part of our team goals for next year and graduate with Demari and Tyler."
Moss was garnering interest in the draft and was expected to forego his senior season to pursue an NFL career; however, his late-season injury added uncertainty to the process. With his return, Utah likely becomes the favorite to repeat as the South Division champs in the Pac-12.
Utah also announced Monday that along with Moss, Leki Fotu, Bradlee Anae and Julian Blackmon would be returning for their senior season.