Utah Freshman Running Back Ty Jordan Passes Away
Km SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah freshman running back Ty Jordan has passed away overnight in Texas, the Utes confirmed on Twitter.
Officials of the Denton County Police Department said a person that they have yet to identify was accidentally shot by a gun discharge Friday evening. He was rushed to a local hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.
Rest In Peace, #22. Forever in our hearts.
We love you, Ty. pic.twitter.com/ZaXjWKg4Nc
— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) December 26, 2020
He was 19 years old.
POLICE PRESENCE | There is currently a police presence in the 1100 block of Avenue A. Officers responded to a shooting call and located a single gunshot victim, who was transported to a local hospital. pic.twitter.com/oKKyD8mcKz
— Denton Police Dept (@DENTONPD) December 26, 2020
Jordan’s passing comes following a remarkable season for the University of Utah. Jordan rushed for 597 yards and 6 touchdowns on 83 carries. He averaged 7.2 yards per carry. Despite his smaller frame, opposing defenders had no answer for the dynamic playmaker.
His burst of speed ultimately proved too much for opposing Pac-12 defenses to handle. He was explosive, intelligent and versatile.
Shortly after the season finale, Jordan was named as the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year.
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) December 22, 2020
His future on the field was bright, but it was his personality off the field that has touched so many of his peers and fans.
RIP my brotha 🙏🏿 I know you’re in a better place.
— devin lloyd (@DevinLloyd_) December 26, 2020
— Devin Brumfield🦏 (@brumfield_devin) December 26, 2020
We love you, 22.
— UtesEquipment (@UtesEquipment) December 26, 2020
I don’t have any info outside of what is being reported this morning, but our hearts are broken for Ty Jordan and his family. Over the past few weeks he completely won this Aggie over…our family watched so we didn’t miss a single carry. Prayers for his family and teammates.💔🙏 pic.twitter.com/GkrGDhANcn
— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) December 26, 2020
Earlier this year, Jordan’s mother Tiffany passed away after a long battle with lung and bone cancer. She was 43.
Jordan was a highly touted recruit from West Mesquite High School. He was dubbed a four-star recruit by ESPN and had offers to play at USC, Texas, Tennessee and Arkansas before ultimately choosing to play at the University of Utah.
He is survived by his brother, Kobe.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with finances for the Jordan family. That page can be found, here.
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