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Utah Football Remembers Aaron Lowe One Year Later

Sep 26, 2022, 8:04 PM
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Aaron Lowe #22 of the Utah Utes runs out of the tunnel before the start of their game against the Washington State Cougars on September 25, 2021 at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lowe was killed in a shooting at a house party early Sunday morning. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
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SALT LAKE CITY- They say time heals all wounds, but the loss of cornerback Aaron Lowe on the heels of freshman running back Ty Jordan’s shocking death may take a while for Utah football. A year later the team is still in mourning, but figuring out how to move on while continuing to honor their brothers’ legacies.

Head coach Kyle Whittingham started off his usual Monday press conference with the media saying a few words about Lowe.

“First off, it is the one year anniversary of Aaron Lowe’s passing,” Whittingham said. “I just wanted to let Aaron’s family know they are in our thoughts and prayers and we miss him. I just want to make sure we acknowledge that and that we will always remember Aaron and Ty.”

22 Forever, A Lasting Legacy

Later, Whittingham was asked about what he thinks Lowe’s legacy with the program is a year later and the impact Lowe and Jordan have had on himself and the team.

“Huge impact on the program and myself,” Whittingham said. “They are in our thoughts daily. We have creative things throughout the building to remind us and tributes to those two young men. Aaron’s mom and Ty’s mom will be coming to a game here shortly. They had and continue to have a big impact on our team and program as a whole.”

Tight end Dalton Kincaid said the Utes took time before practice to think about Lowe and remember him before they started preparation on Oregon State.

“He’s always with us- him and Ty both,” Kincaid said. “It was acknowledged in the team meeting today. We had a moment of silence for him, but it’s definitely felt today.”

Kincaid also said it’s Utah’s family atmosphere that has helped everyone get through what was a very traumatic season last year.

“I think coach Whitt did a good job of acknowledging it today,” Kincaid said. “I think that was a big thing and then just everyone rallying together. I think that is a big thing we pride ourselves on is being a family.”

For Ja’Quinden Jackson, the past few days have been bittersweet. Both Lowe and Jordan were key in his transfer from Texas to Utah in different ways with all three growing up in the same suburb of Dallas, Texas. Jackson just this past week switched positions from quarterback to running back– the position Jordan played and debuted the new position on the eve of the one year mark of Lowe’s passing. Jackson acknowledged that having those connections to his friends means everything to him.

 

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“Everything I do is for my family and the people that I’ve lost these past couple years,” Jackson said. “It’s an honor to fill them shoes, or try to fill those shoes because that man was a beast.”

Running back coach Quinton Ganther was not a part of the 2021 team that had to deal with Jordan and Lowe’s back-to-back deaths, but he’s very familiar with being a part of the Utah family as a former player himself.

“We did a prayer for ALowe today in our team meeting,” Ganther said. “I wasn’t here with those guys to really get to know him and experience him, but I hear a lot of really good things about him. I just want to send love out to his family as well because this is a trying time for them also. Just the whole Utah family got to keep each other lifted in this day of mourning.”

 

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