SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah’s star freshman running back Ty Jordan has passed away. His death has been confirmed following a post on Utah Football’s Twitter page.
Rest In Peace, #22. Forever in our hearts.
We love you, Ty. pic.twitter.com/ZaXjWKg4Nc
— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) December 26, 2020
Denton County Police Department officials said Jordan was rushed to the hospital after he was accidentally shot by a discharged firearm Friday evening and was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.
POLICE PRESENCE | There is currently a police presence in the 1100 block of Avenue A. Officers responded to a shooting call and located a single gunshot victim, who was transported to a local hospital. pic.twitter.com/oKKyD8mcKz
— Denton Police Dept (@DENTONPD) December 26, 2020
Jordan was 19 years old and had an exceptional season with the U of U having rushed 597 yards with 6 touchdowns and 83 carries averaging 7.2 yards per carry.
Although he had a smaller frame, his dynamic movement on the field and bursts of speed proved many times to be too much for opposing teams to handle.
Jordan had a bright future and was named as the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year.
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) December 22, 2020
Earlier this year, Jordan lost his 43-year-old mother to lung and bone cancer.
Jordan is survived by his brother, Kobe.
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