Ty Jordan, Utah running back, dies after Freshman of the Year season

Utah running back Ty Jordan, the Pac-12's Freshman Offensive Player of the Year in 2020, died early Saturday morning, according to the university's athletic department.

"Words cannot express the devastation and heartache that our team is feeling right now upon learning of the tragic death of our teammate and brother, Ty Jordan," Utes coach Kyle Whittingham said in a statement. "Ty's personality and smile were infectious, and he made a huge impact on our program in the short time he was with us."

On Saturday, Denton, Texas, public information officer Allison Beckwith told USA TODAY Sports that police officers responded to a shooting call at 10:38 p.m. ET Friday. They discovered a victim who had suffered one gunshot wound. Beckwith said after life-saving measures were attempted, the victim was transported by the fire department to the local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

After a preliminary investigation, Beckwith said the suspected cause of death was a "fatal accidental shooting." 

Jordan, who grew up in the Dallas area, made the Pac-12's all-conference second team. In a shortened season due to the coronavirus pandemic, Jordan led the team in carries (83), rushing yards (597), rushing touchdowns (six) and all-purpose yards (723) with 11 receptions for 126 yards.

Jordan was the Pac-12's Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2020.

"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," said Mark Harlan, Utah director of athletics. 

"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."

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