University of Utah star running back Ty Jordan has died
Ty Jordan, a player known for his infectious personality and smile, has died, school officials said Saturday.
19-year-old Jordan was named Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year on Thursday.
PHOTO: Utah running back Ty Jordan scores in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State on December 19, 2020 in Salt Lake City. (Rick Bowmer / AP)
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The authorities in Texas, his home state and Utah have not released details of the circumstances surrounding Jordan's death.
Utah officials said they were shocked to learn of his sudden death.
"Words cannot express the devastation and grief our team is experiencing when they learn of the tragic death of our teammate and brother Ty Jordan," Utah chief football coach Kyle Whittingham said in a statement. "Ty's personality and smile were infectious and he has made a huge impact on our program in the short time he has been with us. He makes an indelible mark on each of us, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends . "
"Man, I miss you Ty, but I know that nothing I can say or do will bring you back because if I could, I would. Lord knows I would," said coach Kiel McDonald on Twitter. "I love you boy. I am grateful that God has allowed me to coach you and have you in my life. I am blessed for our countless hours, days and months together."
Utah Director of Athletics, Mark Harlan, said the program is working to "provide support and resources to our Utah football family at this extremely difficult time."
PHOTO: Utah Runs Back Ty Jordan runs for a score as he evades a Washington state linebacker tackle in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Salt Lake City on Dec. 19, 2020. (Rick Bowmer / AP)
Jordan was named Pac-12 Offensive Newbie of the Year and the Second All-Pac-12 Team in 2020. He was the first freshman in 25 years to play three straight 100-yard rushing games, the school said.
He led the team in carry (83), rushing yards (597), rushing touchdowns (six), and all-purpose yards (723).
In the Pac-12, he finished fourth in rushing yards, third in rushing yards per game and third in rushing touchdowns, the school said.
The graduate of West Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas, Jordan, was named Senior Offensive Player of the Year and Junior All District First Team.
He was named a four-star recruit by ESPN and has received offers from power plants such as Texas, Oklahoma State, and the University of Southern California.
PHOTO: Utah Utes running back Ty Jordan reacts after the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colo., December 12, 2020. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
Condolences came from coaches who also recruited the coveted Jordan.
"His smile, infectious personality and tenacity are what we will remember most," said Tom Herman, the University of Texas football coach, in a statement.
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