26th. December 2020 / 1:35 p.m.
/ CBS / AP
Ty Jordan, a University of Utah star freshman who grew up in the Dallas area, has died, school officials said Saturday. Texas and Utah authorities have not released details of the circumstances surrounding Jordan’s death, but Salt Lake City CBS subsidiary KUTV reports that Jordan died in an accidental shooting.
Police in Denton, Texas reported on Twitter that they responded to a shooting on 1100 Block of Avenue A.. They said there was no danger to the public as the victim accidentally unloaded the gun. You haven’t identified the victim.
« Words cannot express the devastation and grief our team is currently experiencing upon learning of the tragic death of our teammate and brother Ty Jordan, » Utah chief football coach Kyle Whittingham said in a statement.
Jordan, a fast-paced 5-foot-7, 200-pound player emerged from a crowded Utah field and became the focus of the team’s offensive. He finished the season with 597 yards of rushing, 11 catches for 126 yards and six touchdowns.
Jordan played in Mesquite, a suburb of Dallas, and was a high profile recruit. He made a seamless transition to college play, including three 100-yard rushing performances to close the season.
Utah was one of nearly two dozen major college football teams to turn down the opportunity to play a postseason bowl game. Instead, players who have been following strict COVID-19 protocols for months have been able to start their off-season.
First published on 26. December 2020 / 1:35 p.m.
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