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Ty Jordan named Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, Utah football gets eight on All-Pac-12 team

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Utes running back Ty Jordan (22) runs for a touchdown, in PAC-12 football acton between Utah Utes and Washington State Cougars at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020.

Ty Jordan’s promising true freshman season for the University of Utah yielded a top Pac-12 honor on Tuesday afternoon.

Jordan, a revelation over the Utes’ final three games this month, was named Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year. That honor spearheaded Utah’s haul of conference accolades as four Utes made All-Pac-12 first team, while four got second-team nods.

Jordan, a three-star recruit from Mesquite High School in Texas, was expected to contribute immediately, but he surpassed any reasonable expectation.

In five games, Jordan ran for 597 yards and six touchdowns on just 83 carries for a yards-per-carry average 7.2. The final three games of the season, all Utah wins, saw Jordan rush for 468 yards and all six touchdowns, while being named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week after all three wins.

Jordan is the first Utah player to be named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and only the second Ute to win one of the league’s yearly awards. Buffalo Bills rookie Zack Moss was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year after his senior season in 2019.

Offensive lineman Nick Ford, linebacker Devin Lloyd and kicker Jadon Redding all were named to the first-team, along with Britain Covey, who made the first team as a return specialist.

UTAH’S ALL-PAC-12 HONORS

Nick Ford, OL (First-team offense)

Devin Lloyd, LB (First-team defense)

Jadon Redding, PK (First-team special teams)

Britain Covey, RS/WR (First-team special teams)

Ty Jordan, RB (Second-team offense)

Brant Kuithe, TE (Second-team offense)

Sataoa Laumea, OL (Second-team offense)

Mika Tafua, DE (Second-team defense)

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