Ty Jordan Dies: Star Pac-12 Running Back From Utah Dies By Gunshot At 19
Ty Jordan, the University of Utah's Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, has died at the age of 19. He suffered a gunshot wound while visiting his home in Texas.
Denton, Texas Police Department said officers responded to a shooting call at 10:38 p.m. ET Friday. Upon arrival, officers discovered Jordan, who had been shot once. Life-saving measures were taken on the spot and he was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
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"After preliminary investigation, we believe this was an accidental shootout in which the victim accidentally shot himself," Denton Police Department intelligence officer Allison Beckwith told ESPN.
Jordan ran 597 yards with six touchdowns on 83 carries in five games for Utah.
“On behalf of the entire University of Utah, our love and condolences to Ty Jordan's family, friends, teammates and coaches. We are devastated by this heartbreaking news. Seeing Ty on the field was amazed at his athleticism and talent. Rest in peace Ty, "Utah president Ruth V. Watkins said in a tweet statement on Saturday.
Ute's coach Kyle Whittingham said the team was devastated.
"Ty's personality and smile were infectious and he has made a huge impact on our program in the short amount of time he's been with us," Whittingham said in a statement. “He makes an indelible mark on each of us, and our thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends. From the bottom of our hearts we all in the Utah Football Family want to say that we love you, Ty, and that you rest in peace. "
Jordan was part of the second All-Pac-12 team. He finished fourth in rushing yards and third in rushing yards per game in the Pac-12. Jordan became the first newcomer to Utah to play three consecutive 100-yard rushing games since 1995.
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