Zack Moss
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Moss with Utah in 2019
No. 21 – Indianapolis Colts
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1997-12-15) December 15, 1997 (age 26)
Hialeah Gardens, Florida, U.S.
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Hallandale (Hallandale, Florida)
College:Utah (2016–2019)
NFL draft:2020 / Round: 3 / Pick: 86
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Rushing yards:2,076
Rushing average:4.3
Rushing touchdowns:14
Receptions:75
Receiving yards:523
Receiving touchdowns:4
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Zaccheus Malik Moss (born December 15, 1997) is an American football running back for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Utah and was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Early years

Moss attended Mater Academy Charter School in Hialeah Gardens, Florida before transferring to Hallandale High School in Hallandale Beach, Florida for his senior year. As a senior, he played alongside future college teammate Tyler Huntley and he ran for 1,098 yards on 145 carries with 17 touchdowns. He originally committed to the University of Miami to play college football but changed to the University of Utah.[1][2]

College career

2016–2018 seasons

As a freshman at Utah in 2016, Moss played in 10 games with three starts and rushed for 382 yards and two touchdowns on 84 carries.[3][4] As a sophomore in 2017, he started 12 of 13 games, rushing for 1,173 yards on 214 carries with 10 touchdowns.[5][6] As a junior in 2018, Moss started the first nine games of the season before suffering a season-ending knee during practice.[7][8]

2019 season

Moss returned for his senior year in 2019 after healing from last season's injury. He started in 11 of 12 regular season games his senior year. In the regular season he rushed for 1,246 yards, 15 touchdowns, and averaged 6.2 yards per rush. With that effort he became the first 3-time 1,000 yard rusher in school history.[9] During a week 7 game against Arizona State, Moss became the all-time leading rusher at the University of Utah. Moss and the Utes clinched their second Pac-12 south title on November 30, 2019, and played in the Pac-12 championship game against Oregon University on Friday, December 6, 2019.[10] The Utes played against the Texas Longhorns in the Alamo Bowl on December 31, 2019, but lost 38–10. In the bowl game, Moss had 16 carries for 57 rushing yards and two receptions for 14 receiving yards.[11]

Moss was the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year in his senior year.[9] He finished his college career with 4,067 rushing yards and 38 rushing touchdowns, both Utah school records, in addition to 688 career receiving yards and three touchdown receptions.[12]

College statistics

Utah Utes
Season Games Rushing Receiving
GP GS Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2016 10 3 84 382 4.5 2 1 4 4.0 0
2017 13 12 214 1,173 5.5 10 29 243 8.4 0
2018 9 9 179 1,096 6.1 11 8 50 6.3 1
2019 13 12 235 1,416 6.0 15 28 388 13.9 2
Career 45 36 712 4,067 5.7 38 66 685 10.4 3

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Vertical jump Bench press
5 ft 9+38 in
(1.76 m)
223 lb
(101 kg)
31+14 in
(0.79 m)
9+14 in
(0.23 m)
4.65 s 1.67 s 2.78 s 4.37 s 33.0 in
(0.84 m)
19 reps
All values from NFL Combine[13][14]

Buffalo Bills

2020 season

See also: 2020 Buffalo Bills season

The Buffalo Bills selected Moss in the third round with the 86th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.[15]

Moss signed a four-year, $4.522 million contract with the Bills on June 15, 2020.[16] In his NFL debut in Week 1 of the 2020 season against the New York Jets, Moss scored a four-yard receiving touchdown from quarterback Josh Allen.[17] In Week 8 against the New England Patriots, he had 14 carries for 81 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in the 24–21 victory.[18] Splitting carries with Devin Singletary throughout the season, Moss finished with the second most rushing yards on the team, with 481 yards and four touchdowns on 112 carries. In addition, he caught 14 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.[19]

Moss made his NFL playoff debut in the wild card round against the Indianapolis Colts. He rushed for 21 yards and caught four passes for 26 yards before suffering an ankle injury and being carted off.[20] On January 12, 2021, Moss was placed on injured reserve due to the injury.[21]

Moss against the Washington Football Team in 2021

2021 season

See also: 2021 Buffalo Bills season

Moss was a healthy scratch for the Bills in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, as the team opted to play Matt Breida in his stead.[22] The following week against the Miami Dolphins, Moss made his season debut one day after attending his aunt's funeral. Despite fumbling early in the game, Moss finished the game with two touchdowns scored along with 26 rush yards on eight carries, in addition to two passes caught for eight yards, as the Bills won 35–0. On his second touchdown, he collided with Miami linebacker Elandon Roberts before regaining his composure and powering into the endzone.[23] In Week 3 against the Washington Football Team, Moss finished as Buffalo's leading rusher, finishing with 60 yards on 13 carries in a 43–21 win. He also caught three passes for 31 yards and a touchdown.[24]

2022 season

See also: 2022 Buffalo Bills season

Moss played in five games for the Bills in 2022 season, rushing for 91 yards and catching seven passes for 27 yards.[25]

Indianapolis Colts

2022 season

See also: 2022 Indianapolis Colts season

On November 1, 2022, the Bills traded Moss along with a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft to the Colts for running back Nyheim Hines.[26] Due to an injury to starter Jonathan Taylor, Moss became the Colts' primary running back starting with the team's game against the Los Angeles Chargers.[27]

2023 season

See also: 2023 Indianapolis Colts season

On July 31, 2023, Moss sustained a broken arm and had surgery the following day.[28][29] In his season debut, Moss rushed for 88 yards on 18 attempts and a touchdown in the Colts 31–20 win over the Houston Texans. In their Week 3 game against the Baltimore Ravens, Moss carried the ball 30 times for 122 yards as well as catching a 17-yard pass for a touchdown.[30] On October 2, Jonathan Taylor returned to practice off the PUP list, making Moss split carries.[31] In Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans, Moss had 23 carries for 165 yards, and two touchdowns as well as two receptions for 30 yards in the 23–16 victory.[32] Moss maintained a prominent role in the offense despite Taylor's return, and finished as the Colts leading rusher with a career-high 794 rushing yards and five touchdowns, and 27 catches for 192 yards and two touchdowns through 14 games and eight starts.

NFL career statistics

Legend
Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2020 BUF 13 0 112 481 4.3 31 4 14 95 6.8 20 1 0 0
2021 BUF 13 0 96 345 3.6 17 4 23 197 8.6 24 1 2 1
2022 BUF 5 0 17 91 5.4 43 0 7 27 3.9 8 0 1 1
IND 8 3 76 365 4.8 34 1 4 12 3.0 5 0 0 0
2023 IND 14 8 183 794 4.3 56 5 27 192 7.1 26 2 0 0
Career 53 11 484 2,076 4.3 56 14 75 523 7.0 26 4 3 2

Postseason

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2020 BUF 1 1 7 21 3.0 8 0 4 26 6.5 10 0 0 0
2021 BUF 1 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Career 2 1 8 21 2.6 8 0 4 26 6.5 10 0 0 0

Personal life

Moss is the cousin of former NFL wide receivers Santana Moss and Sinorice Moss,[33] and a second cousin of Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Patrick Peterson. [34]

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