Utah running back and Pac-12 freshman offensive player of the year Ty Jordan dies
Utah runs back Ty Jordan has died.
The school announced his death on Saturday morning. Jordan, a native of Mesquite, Texas, was named Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year earlier this week and was also a second pick of all the team's conferences.
"Words cannot express the devastation and grief our team is feeling when they learn of the tragic death of our teammate and brother Ty Jordan," Utah 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 to his family and friends From the bottom of our hearts we all in the Utah soccer family want to say that we love you, Ty, and that you rest in peace. "
Utah did not disclose the cause of death for Jordan in its announcement. Denton, Texas Police Department told ESPN that they believed Jordan died after he accidentally shot himself. The police responded to a call from a gunshot victim shortly after 9:30 p.m. Local time Friday.
Jordan played in all five Utah games in 2020 and had 83 transfers for 597 yards and six touchdowns. Jordan had 723 combined rushing and receiving yards and an average of over seven yards per carry.
Only Rachaad White from the US state of Arizona, who had 42 transfers for 420 yards, averaged more yards per transfer among Pac-12 players.
Rest in peace, # 22. Forever in our hearts.
We love you Ty. pic.twitter.com/ZaXjWKg4Nc
- Utah Football (@Utah_Football) December 26, 2020
Jordan became the first newcomer to Utah to hit 100 yards in three consecutive games in 25 years. He had 7 transfers for 167 yards in the Utes win over Oregon State, 17 transfers for 147 yards against Colorado, and finished the season 154 yards on 22 transfers against Washington State. He scored all six of his quick touchdowns in those three games, and it wasn't by accident that those games happened when Utah ended the season with a three-game winning streak.
Utah finished the season 3-2 and turned down a berth.
Jordan was a three-star recruit in the 2020 class, according to Rivals. He was ranked the No. 12 general-purpose player in the country and the No. 74 player in the state of Texas.
Utah, which ran back Ty Jordan, had 597 meters in 2020. (AP Photo / Rick Bowmer)
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