(ABC4) – The college football community continues to pay tribute to standout University of Utah running back Ty Jordan, who died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen on Christmas Day.
Police in Denton, Texas, say they responded to a report of a gunshot victim at around 10:45 p.m. on Christmas. The individual, later identified as 19-year-old Jordan, accidentally shot himself in the hip, according to the preliminary investigation.
Officers began administering first aid, but Jordan, who grew up in the Dallas area, later died at a Dallas-area hospital.
According to Denton Police, the gun was accidentally discharged.
While the medical examiner’s office has determined the cause of Jordan’s death, there is no word yet on the manner of his death.
On Saturday, the University of Utah lit the “U” above the school as they do after every football victory in honor of Jordan. U of U friends and rivals took to social media over the weekend to pay tribute and mourn the death of Jordan.
The Pac-12 Network says it will air “several of his top performances” in honor and memory of Jordan. This will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30.
Jordan was recently named the 2020 Pac-12 Offensive Freshman Player of the Year. He had a breakout freshman season, rushing for 597 yards, 6 touchdowns was named 2020 Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year and earned All-Pac-12 second-team honors. Jordan is the first Utah player to earn conference Freshman of the Year honors in 20 years.
During Tuesday night’s Valero Alamo Bowl, The University of Texas and Colorado University players and coaches linked arms for a moment of silence before kickoff in honor of Jordan and his family.
Fans took to Twitter to create a challenge for Ute fans – run 597 miles for Jordan by the start of the 2021 football season.
Numerous other universities extended their thoughts and prayers.
No other details are yet available regarding Jordan’s death.