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Utah running back Zack Moss breaks free during game agains UCLA footballt game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. Moss, Bradlee Anae, Leki Fotu and Julian Blackmon all declared Monday they will be returning for their senior seasons.

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah coach Kyle Whittingham announced that four all-conference juniors have opted to return next season instead of entering the 2019 NFL draft.

Defensive end Bradlee Anae, cornerback Julian Blackmon, defensive tackle Leki Fotu and running back Zack Moss, who helped lead the Utes to the program's first outright Pac-12 South Division title, are coming back for their senior seasons.

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“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 the announcement. "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).”

Anae led the Pac-12 with eight sacks and joined Fotu on the all-conference first team. Moss, who played in eight games before being sidelined with a knee injury, topped the Utes with 1,092 yards rushing. He made the Pac-12's second team along with Blackmon, a two-time honoree.