Four Utes To Return For Senior Season

Jan 7, 2019, 2:19 PM | Updated: Jan 8, 2019, 2:36 pm
Zack Moss #2 of the Utah Utes runs into Leni Toailoa #26 of the UCLA Bruins in the second half at t...
Zack Moss #2 of the Utah Utes runs into Leni Toailoa #26 of the UCLA Bruins in the second half at the Rose Bowl on October 26, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
(Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – University of Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham announced that juniors Bradlee Anae, Zack Moss, Julian Blackmon and Leki Fotu will return for their senior season with the Utes.

All four players were on the radar of NFL scouts but decided to return to the Utes after winning the Pac-12 South Division.

Moss led the Utes withΒ 1,092 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground and made second team All-Pac-12, even though he missed the last five games of the season following knee surgery. He needs just 568 yards to pass Eddie Johnson as the all-time leading rusher in Utah football history.

β€œI 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. I also want to be a part of our team goals for next year and graduate with (high school teammates) Demari (Simpkins) and Tyler (Huntley),” Moss said.

Anae led the Pac-12 conference with 8 sacks. He also racked up 2 forced fumbles, 3 pass deflections to go with 51 tackles.

Fotu had three sacks alongside Anae on Utah’s defensive line. He also racked up 33 tackles but the 6’5, 323 pound defensive tackle said on Twitter that he and the Utes have unfinished business.

Blackmon, the Layton native, had one interception returned for a touchdown as well as 10 pass deflections and 48 tackles in 2018.

Former Utah quarterback and current color analyst Scott Mitchell discussed on “Helmets Off” about the four players returning for their senior season.

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