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September 12, 2018

Zack Moss says he’ll ‘definitely’ play Saturday vs. Washington


Utah running back Zack Moss vows he’ll “be ready to go” when the Utes open Pac-12 play Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium against 10th-ranked Washington.

“That’s for sure,” he said before downplaying an apparent ankle injury that took him out of action for a while in the fourth quarter of last week’s 17-6 victory at Northern Illinois.

“No percentages on it right now,” Moss said. “But I’ll be ready to go for sure.”

Utah’s leading rusher, who averages 108 yards per game, then left little doubt about his status for the game.

“I’m definitely playing,” he said after practice on Monday.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham noted that Moss will have a greater role after getting 16 carries in each of this season’s games. The junior rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown in the 41-10 win over Weber State. He followed it up with 66 yards and a score in the 17-6 triumph at Northern Illinois.

“We just need to feature him a little bit more. He is a tremendous back,” Whittingham said. “He came away with 16 carries against NIU and that’s not a ton shy of what he needs because you don’t want to overwork the guy. But he’s a weapon that we need to utilize a little bit more. That is on us as coaches.”

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