The Utah football family and college football fans across the country are mourning the loss of Utah star running back Ty Jordan.

According to the University of Utah athletic department, Jordan — the Pac-12’s Freshman Offensive Player of the Year — died early Saturday morning due to an accidental gunshot wound he sustained Friday evening.

“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,” said Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham. “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.”

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“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,” said Utah Athletic Director Mark Harlan. “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.”

In just five games this season, Jordan finished with 597 rushing yards (119 yards per game), and six touchdowns. He averaged 7.2 yards per carry, had 723 all-purpose yards and had three-straight 100+ yard rushing games to end the season.

Here’s how teammates, coaches and fans reacted to the news of Jordan’s passing.

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