The college football world was rocked by an unfathomable tragedy late on Christmas night.
Utah star freshman RB Ty Jordan has died, the school announced earlier today.
According to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach, the Denton (TX.) Police Department responded to a shooting call on Christmas night at 10:38 p.m. ET. Officers discovered a victim that had been shot once. After applying life-saving measures, Jordan was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The Denton Police Department’s Allison Beckwith told ESPN, “Following a preliminary investigation, we do believe that this was an accidental shooting, where the victim accidentally shot himself.”
Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham released the following statement earlier today: “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.”
The 19-year-old freshman running back out of West Mesquite High School (TX.) garnered Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year honors after producing 597 rushing yards, six TDs and a 7.2 yards-per-carry average in just five games. He also had 11 catches for 126 yards.
Making this unspeakable tragedy even harder for the Jordan family is the fact that Ty’s mother, Tiffany, passed away at the age of 43 in August after a battle with lung cancer.
RIP: Ty Jordan (2001-2020)