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Teammates, Ute alums and others react to the death of Utah freshman running back Ty Jordan

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

The Salt Lake Tribune will update this developing story.

Reaction to the death of University of Utah freshman running back sensation Ty Jordan was swift Saturday morning, from inside the Utes football family and well beyond.

“We knew he would be great before he even set foot on our campus. He was a light, always with a smile on his face. One of the hardest working and most humble guys we’ve seen come through this program. We love you, Ty.” -- Kyle Whittingham (@UtahCoachWhitt)

“My thoughts are with Ty’s family & friends. Just devastated by this news. Such a bright light, gone.” — Jamal Anderson (@jamthedirtybird)

“Absolutely heartbroken. So much talent and so fun to watch. Rest In Peace, Ty Jordan. Prayers up for the Jordan family.” — Garrett Bolles (@gbolles72)

“We share in the shock and sadness felt by our Utah community today upon learning of the passing of one of our family members, Ty Jordan. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with his loved ones. The entire Pac-12 and college football family mourns this tremendous loss.” — Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott

“At a loss for words right now Absolutely devastated. You made your mom proud! Sometimes the ‘family on 3′ chant sounds repetitive, but it’s real and the whole state/country feels it today. Please pray for the Jordan family, it’s been a tough year for them. Love you Ty #LLTJ” — Britain Covey (@brit_covey2)

“Rest In Peace Ty. Can’t believe your gone. Grateful our lives crossed paths. You will forever be missed.” — Jake Bentley (@JakeBentley19)

“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.” — Utah President Ruth V. Watkins (@RuthVWatkins)

“He was such an engaging young man and I will forever treasure our interactions. God bless you, Ty.” — Utah athletic director Mark Harlan (@MarkHarlan_AD)

“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.” — Gov.-elect Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox)

“Til we meet again my boy, Rest In Peace to my brudda #longlivety” — Jordan Wilmore (@jaywillygbe)

“Praying for the Utes” — Stan Drayton, University of Texas running backs coach (@StanDraytonUT)

“University of Utah freshman running back Ty Jordan has died. HEARTBREAKING prayers to his family, teammates and ⁦@UtahCoachWhitt⁩ and staff. RIP” — Tim Brando (@TimBrando)

“YOU HAVE TO BE IN THAT HUDDLE TO KNOW WHO WAS ALWAYS BREATHING THE HARDEST. EVEN ON WALK-THROUGH DAYS. WE WAS JUST GETTING STARTED. I LOVE YOU BROTHER. #22 #LLTJ” — Simi Moala (@Moala676)

“Prayers out to the Jordan family and all his Utah brothers. Man was a baller, was exciting to watch him play. RIP KING” — Max Borghi, Washington State running back (@max_borghi)

“rip young king... we’ll miss you brotha” — Nate Ritchie (@nateritchie3)

“Prayers to Ty Jordan, his family and our friends at Utah.” — Pat Chun, Washington State athletic director (@pat_chun)

“One of the most genuinely real people I’ve ever met. Gonna miss the joy you brought to the game every day. So proud to have shared the field with you. Fly high brother #LLTJ” — Cooper Justice (@Cooper1)

“I am hopeful that the light you left will guide others to God’s love and mercy.” -- Kiel McDonald (@CoachKMcDonald)


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