Tragedy hit the American college football community this weekend as a star running back was found dead in what’s being called an “accidental shooting”.
Utah freshman Ty Jordan, the PAC-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, died of a gunshot wound back home in Texas, ABC 4 in Utah reported.
A preliminary investigation by the Denton Police Department indicated that Jordan shot himself, while KUTV journalist Josh Edmonds reported that the gun went off accidentally.
“Following a preliminary investigation, we do believe that this was an accidental shooting, where the victim accidentally shot himself,” a Denton Police Department spokesperson told ESPN.
Several teammates took to Twitter to express their sorrow.
“Rest In Peace Ty. Can’t believe you’re gone. Grateful our lives crossed paths. You will forever be missed,” quarterback Jake Bentley tweeted.
A four-star recruit out of West Mesquite High School in Texas, Jordan rushed for 597 yards and six touchdowns in five games, while also catching 11 passes for 126 yards.
He was graded as the top running back in the Pac-12 by Pro Football Focus.
The official Twitter account for the Utah football team also mourned Jordan in a post.
“Rest In Peace, #22,” it read. “Forever in our hearts. We love you, Ty.”
Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said in a statement: “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.
“Ty’s personality and smile were infectious and he made a huge impact on our program in the short time he was with us. 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.”
This article first appeared in the New York Post and was reproduced with permission