The newcomer from Utah, who runs back Ty Jordan, has died, the school said on Saturday. He was 19.
Denton, Texas Police Department told ESPN that their officers responded to a shooting call at 10:38 p.m. ET Friday. Officers discovered a victim who had been shot once. After life-saving measures were taken, the victim was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
"After preliminary investigation, we believe this was an accidental shootout in which the victim accidentally shot himself," Denton Police Department intelligence officer Allison Beckwith told ESPN.
Jordan, the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year after running 597 yards with six touchdowns to 83 carries in five games for the Utes, was from Mesquite, Texas and attended West Mesquite High.
Rest in peace, # 22. Forever in our hearts.
We love you Ty. pic.twitter.com/ZaXjWKg4Nc
– Utah Football (@Utah_Football) December 26, 2020
"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. Seeing Ty on the field was delighted with his athleticism and talent. Rest in peace Ty, "Utah President Ruth V. Watkins said in a tweet statement on Saturday.
Ute's coach Kyle Whittingham said the team was devastated.
"Ty's personality and smile were infectious and he has made a huge impact on our program in the short time he has been with us," Whittingham said in a statement. “He makes an indelible mark on each of us, and our thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends. From the bottom of our hearts we all in the Utah Football Family want to say that we love you, Ty, and that you can rest in peace . "
Jordan was named to the second team of the All-Pac-12. He finished fourth in rushing yards and third in rushing yards per game in the Pac-12. Jordan became the first newcomer to Utah to play three consecutive 100-yard rushing games since 1995.
"We share the shock and sadness of our Utah community today to learn that one of our family members, Ty Jordan, has passed away," Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement. "Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest condolences go to his loved ones. The entire Pac-12 and college football family mourn this enormous loss."
In November 2019, a photo of Jordan and an opposing player from Sherman High School went viral. After Sherman High's 56:27 win over West Mesquite High, Sherman's Gage asked Smith Jordan if they could kneel together and pray. Smith learned that Jordan's mother, Tiffany, was battling Stage 4 lung and bone cancer.
Jordan's aunt posted photos of the moment on Facebook.
"It made me cry," Tiffany Jordan told Today.com at the time. "(Smith) didn't have to do that. The fact that he took the time to pray for me with Ty took my breath away."
Tiffany Jordan died in August following a tweet from Ty Jordan. She was 43 years old.
Dear mother, I love you so much, you have shown me over the past few years how much you are a warrior. Take care of me and guide me, Mama 💔💔 Rest in Paradise A true soldier! pic.twitter.com/ESoWShaRS9
– Ty Jordan @ (@_ylfotyt) August 14, 2020
"We are deeply saddened and shocked to learn of Ty Jordan's death this morning. Our thoughts and prayers go with those who loved him dearly, including the young men on our football program," Utah's Mark Harlan said in a statement on Saturday. “Our priority is to support his family and the student-athletes, coaches and staff in our football program who are currently so badly injured. Coach Whittingham and I are working closely to help our Utah football family in this extremely difficult environment support and allocate resources time. "