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Ty Jordan, Utah Utes star freshman running back, dies in shooting

Dec 19, 2020; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Utes running back Ty Jordan (22) runs in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Washington State Cougars at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Utes freshman running back Ty Jordan, one of the biggest breakout stars in college football, reportedly died in an accidental shooting on Saturday morning.

Jordan, who joined the Utes this season, became one of the best running backs in the Pac-12 Conference as a freshman. Sadly, just days after playing in the final games of his first collegiate season, Jordan has reportedly died.

A woman claiming to be a family member of Jordan’s shared on Saturday morning that Ty Jordan was shot and killed. According to KUTV’s Jake Edmonds, the freshman running back died after an accidental gun discharge.

Several teammates have mourned Jordan’s tragic passing on social media and 247 Sports’ Mike Roach also reported word of the tragedy.

Jordan was just named the Pac-12’s newcomer of the year by the Associated Press on Christmas Day. He also received All Pac-12 Second-Team honors, a rare accomplishment for a true freshman.

UPDATE: 1:05 PM EST

On Saturday afternoon, the Denton Police Department confirmed their preliminary investigation determined Ty Jordan died after accidentally shooting himself.

“Following a preliminary investigation, we do believe that this was an accidental shooting, where the victim accidentally shot himself,”  Denton Police Department public information officer Allison Beckwith said, via ESPN.

The Utah Utes have confirmed Ty Jordan’s heartbreaking passing.

Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham released a statement mourning Jordan’s loss and remembering the impact he made on the program and his teammates.

“Ty’s personality and smile were infectious and he made a huge impact on our program in the short time he was with us,” Kyle Whittingham said in a statement. “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.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ty Jordan’s friends, family and the Utah Utes.

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Jordan enrolled at Utah as a four-star recruit by ESPN after dominating at West Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas. He earned co-district 7-5A Offensive Player of the Year honors in his senior year, finishing with 13 100-yard rushing games in his high school career.

Upon joining the Utes, Jordan quickly earned playing time. After receiving eight touches in his collegiate debut against USC, finishing with 53 scrimmage yards, his game blossomed from there. Jordan erupted for 97 rushing yards against the Washington Huskies on Nov. 28, proving himself as an explosive runner.

Over Utah’s final three games, Jordan became the featured running back in the offense. He ripped off three consecutive performances with 140-plus rushing yards and at least one touchdown. On Dec. 19, in the season finale against Washington State, Jordan ran for 154 yards and scored a season-high three touchdowns.

In only five games, Jordan compiled 597 rushing yards and six touchdowns. He averaged a stellar 7.2 yards per carry, making his mark as a home-run threat in the offense. He also contributed in the passing game, hauling in 11 receptions for 126 receiving yards.

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Ty Jordan graded as Pro Football Focus’ best running back in the Pac-12 this season and was viewed as the new star who would carry Utah to greatness.

College football world, Utah Utes teammates mourn the loss of Ty Jordan