Utah Star Running Back Ty Jordan Dies After Accidental Shooting in Texas

by Quentin Blount
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Ty Jordan, the star freshman running back for University of Utah, has died in an accidental shooting according to multiple reports.

The University of Utah football team sent out a tweet on Saturday afternoon saying, “Rest In Peace, #22. Forever in our hearts. We love you, Ty.”

The freshman running back was recently named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year award after winning the starting job at Utah. He reportedly died on Friday night. Utah Head Football Coach Kyle Whittingham recently made a statement regarding the passing of his young player.

“Words cannot express the devastation and heartache that our team is feeling right now upon learning of the tragic death of our teammate and brother, Ty Jordan,” Whittingham said in a statement. “Ty’s personality and smile were infectious and he made a huge impact on our program in the short time he was with us. He leaves an indelible mark on each of us and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.  From the bottom of our hearts, all of us in the Utah Football Family want to say we love you Ty and may you rest in peace.”

Teammates of Ty Jordan Grieve on Social Media

The news was first brought to light in a tweet from @TrueBuzzFB. It was then shared by many of Jordan’s Utah teammates on Twitter.

“All my boys need prayer right now. We lost our brother, friend, and teammates. Lord wrap your hands around his family and friends all over the world. We are going to miss that smile Ty. Go lay on Moma’s shoulders for eternity. Forever #buzzgang ❤️😢🙏👑 @_ylfotyt”

The details surrounding Jordan’s death are still not entirely clear. However, according to authorities in Denton, Texas, police reported a “single gunshot victim” on Friday night. Following a preliminary investigation, police say that the gun was “accidentally discharged by the victim.”

Meanwhile, authorities have still yet to identify the individual in the accidental shooting, but they say it was an 18-year-old man.

Further, the former three-star recruit played in all five of Utah’s games this season and quickly got the starting job. Jordan finished his season and career with 83 carries for 597 rushing yards and an average of 7.2 yards per carry. He also chipped in 126 receiving yards on 11 receptions.