According to Sean O'Connell of SiriusXM, Utah star running back Zack Moss will have surgery on an injured knee within the week and will miss the remainder of the season.
This changes things for Saturday when Oregon (6-3, 3-3 Pac-12) travels to Salt Lake City. Moss was a huge threat to the Ducks; averaging 121 rushing yards per game.
Cristobal called the junior an "NFL guy" because of his combination of strength and agility. Moss is fourth Ute in program history to achieve two 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
He is big, physical, I know he's a downhill guy, but he'll put a foot in the ground, make you miss, and then outrun the defense," Cristobal said. "He's the combination that's probably the most to defend because he can run through and run around you."
The next man up will most likely be junior Armand Shyne, who has rushed for 166 yards this season on 37 carries.
The Utes are already without starting quarterback Tyler Huntley, who broke his collarbone against Arizona State and is also out for the season.
Replacing Huntley, redshirt freshman Jason Shelley will make his first career start. Shelley has played in four games (Weber State, Arizona, UCLA, Arizona State), completing 6-of-14 pass attempts for 99 yards with a long of 40 vs. Weber State.
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