Utah Utes freshman running back and Pac 12 Freshman of the Year Ty Jordan was killed in a shooting the morning after Christmas.
Ty Jordan, the Utah Utes sensation who ran his way to Freshman Offensive Player of the Year in the Pac 12, was the victim of an early morning shooting the day after Christmas.
According to ABC4 Utah, Jordan was shot and killed in the morning hours of December 26th. Details of his death are still being investigated but it’s being classified as an accidental shooting.
Jordan was the 2020 Pac-12 Offensive Freshman Player of the Year pic.twitter.com/MWRuRzZeNB
— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) December 26, 2020
Unconfirmed reports trickled in throughout the morning, but the school has since confirmed Jordan’s passing.
Rest In Peace, #22. Forever in our hearts.
We love you, Ty. pic.twitter.com/ZaXjWKg4Nc
— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) December 26, 2020
No further details were made available by the University.
Despite a season that was abridged due to COVID, Jordan still finished his freshman season with 597 rushing yards on just 83 carries with six touchdowns, and averaged of 119.4 rushing yards per game. He is also the first freshman to have three-straight 100-yard rushing games since 1995, and managed to do all of this in just five games in 2020.
All of that pushed him to rank ninth in the country and first among freshman, and is what helped him earn Freshman Of The Year honors in the the Pac 12.
Originally from Mesquite, Jordan first committed to the Texas Longhorns before switching his commitment and signing a letter of intent to play at Utah. He was a four-star recruit out of high school and was coveted by big programs like Oregon, USC, and Wisconsin who all made him offers before he ultimately chose to commit to Utah.
Just two days before he was killed, Jordan added to his accolades by being named the AP Pac 12 Newcomer Of The Year.