Sports Community Mourns Loss of Utah Football Star Ty Jordan at Age 19

Ty Jordan, a star running back for the University of Utah, died Friday night. The 19-year-old athlete is being mourned across social media by the college football community and Utah alumni.

The school confirmed the news on Saturday. The Associated Press reported that no details behind the circumstances of the star's death have been released.

Jordan was recently named the Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year.

Head coach Kyle Whittingham mourned Jordan's loss. "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," he said in a statement.

Director of Athletics Mark Harlan also expressed devastation at Jordan's death and offered condolences to the player's family, friends and team. "We are deeply saddened and shocked to learn of Ty Jordan's passing early this morning and our thoughts and prayers are with those who loved him dearly, including the young men in our football program. Our priority is on supporting his family and the student-athletes, coaches and staff in our football program who are so deeply hurting right now. Coach Whittingham and I are working closely to provide support and resources for our Utah Football family in this extremely difficult time," he said in a statement.

The college's president Ruth V. Watkins also eulogized Jordan in a tweet, offering condolences to his loved ones. "To watch Ty on the field was to be thrilled by his athleticism and talent," she wrote. The Utah football team also tweeted a short memorial for Jordan, declaring the he's "forever in our hearts."

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. To watch Ty on the field was to be thrilled by his athleticism and talent. Rest In Peace, Ty.

— Ruth V. Watkins (@RuthVWatkins) December 26, 2020

Rest In Peace, #22. Forever in our hearts.

We love you, Ty.

— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) December 26, 2020

Other college teams and coaches offered condolences and memorials for the player, who seemingly would've gone on to do more great things. University of Southern California head coach Clay Helton and his Colorado University counterpart Karl Dorrell offered thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and members of the Utah Football community.

"Ty was as special a person as he was a player. Rest In Peace #22," Helton wrote.

Some Utah alumni who have gone on to play in the NFL also tweeted remembrances for Jordan, including Los Angeles Rams placekicker Matthew Gay and Denver Broncos offensive tackle Garett Bolles.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ty Jordan’s family, as well as the Utah football program. Truly heartbreaking news. Ty was as special a person as he was a player. Rest In Peace #22.

— Clay Helton (@USCCoachHelton) December 26, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ty Jordan, his family and friends, and the entire Utah Football family. 🙏🏽

— Karl Dorrell (@k_dorrell) December 26, 2020

Absolutely heartbroken. So much talent and so fun to watch. Rest In Peace, Ty Jordan. Prayers up for the Jordan family 🙏🏼

— Garett Bolles (@gbolles72) December 26, 2020

Thoughts and prayer are with Ty Jordan’s family right now... absolutely gut wrenching. Rest In Peace brother. #22

— Matthew Gay (@MGtweetymonster) December 26, 2020

Damn R.I.P Ty Jordan Young man was just getting started. Prayers to his family 🙏

— Anthony Denham Jr (@DENgoinHAM3) December 26, 2020

Utah Governor-elect Spencer Cox also memorialized the player in a tweet, writing that he and his family watched every single game.

I don’t have any info outside of what is being reported this morning, but our hearts are broken for Ty Jordan and his family. Over the past few weeks he completely won this Aggie over...our family watched so we didn’t miss a single carry. Prayers for his family and teammates.💔🙏

— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) December 26, 2020

Newsweek reached out to the University of Utah for comment.

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Ty Jordan of the Utah Utes gets away from Jahad Woods of the Washington State Cougars during a game on December 19 at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. Chris Gardner//Getty

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