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U of U freshman running back Ty Jordan dies overnight
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U of U freshman running back Ty Jordan dies overnight

Utah running back Ty Jordan (22) carries the ball during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Oregon State on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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.

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.  


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.

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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