College football star dies in reported accidental shooting


One of the breakout stars of the college football season has died in an apparent accidental self-inflicted shooting.

The Utah Utes football team confirmed the passing of running back Ty Jordan in a social media post, but did not say how he died.

"Rest In Peace, #22," the post's caption said. "Forever in our hearts. We love you, Ty."

In a statement, Utah coach Kyle Wittingham said Jordan made a lasting impression on the program in his relatively brief time there.

"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."

Several of Jordan's teammates posted condolences and tributes to their fallen friend, as well.

Media reports said the 2020 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year appeared to be the subject of a police report about a gunshot victim in Denton, Texas.

A police spokesperson told ESPN that a preliminary investigation indicated the person accidentally shot themselves, but declined to identify their identity.

Jordan, a true freshman from Mesquite, Texas, earned second-team All-Pac 12 honors in 2020, in addition to be recognized as the conference's top frosh.

This season he led the Utes in carries, yards, rushing touchdowns, and all-purpose yards, and was rated a four-star recruit by ESPN coming out of high school, according to his bio page on the team's official site.

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