Utah running back Ty Jordan died Saturday, the school reported. Denton (Texas) Police Department told that its officers received a shooting call at 10:38 p.m. Friday ET. A bullet survivor who had once been shot was found by police. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital after life-saving measures were applied, where he was pronounced dead.
“Following a preliminary investigation, we do believe that this was an accidental shooting, where the victim accidentally shot himself,” said Allison Beckwith, a public relations officer from the Denton Police Department. Police have not named the victim.
“On behalf of the entire University of Utah, our love and condolences to Ty Jordan’s family, friends, teammates and coaches. We are devastated by this heartbreaking news. To watch Ty on the field was to be thrilled by his athleticism and talent. Rest In Peace, Ty,” Ruth V. Watkins, president of Utah, said in a tweeted statement Saturday.
Utes coach Kyle Whittingham said they were saddened by the team.
“Ty’s personality and smile were infectious and he made a huge impact on our program in the short time he was with us,” 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.”
After rushing for 597 yards and six touchdowns on 83 carries in five games, Jordan, 19, a freshman from Mesquite, Texas, attended West Mesquite High and was voted the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year. He was selected to the second team of the All-Pac-12. In rushing yards, he ranked fourth in the Pac-12 and third in rushing yards per game. Since 1995, Jordan has become the first Utah rookie to have 3 straight 100-yard running games.
A image of Jordan and an opposing high school player went viral in November 2019. Sherman’s Gage Smith asked Jordan if they could kneel and pray together after Sherman High’s 56-27 win over West Mesquite High. Smith had heard that Tiffany, Jordan’s girlfriend, was fighting stage 4 cancer of the lungs and bones.
Jordan’s aunt shared Facebook pictures of the moment. At the time, Tiffany Jordan told Today.com, “It made me cry,” “[Smith] didn’t have to do that. The fact that he took the time to pray with Ty for me, that took my breath away.”
According to a tweet by Ty Jordan, Tiffany Jordan died in August. She was forty-three.
In a statement Saturday, Utah AD Mark Harlan said, “We are deeply saddened and shocked to learn of Ty Jordan’s passing early this morning and our thoughts and prayers are with those who loved him dearly, including the young men in our football program,” “Our priority is on supporting his family and the student-athletes, coaches and staff in our football program who are so deeply hurting right now. Coach Whittingham and I are working closely to provide support and resources for our Utah Football family in this extremely difficult time.”