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Emerging Utah star running back Ty Jordan passes away

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NCAA Football: Washington State at Utah Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

It was announced early on Saturday that star freshman running back Ty Jordan had passed away.

Details are still emerging on the situation surrounding Ty, but by the sounds of it, it was a tragic accident.

Jordan emerged from the third spot on the depth chart to win the starting job and captured Utah football fans imaginations and hearts right away.

Thoughts are with the Jordan family, the Utah football family, and anybody that he touched in his short time.

Here are the statements from Utah coach Kyle Whittingham and Utah AD Mark Harlan.

Utah Head Football Coach Kyle Whittingham

“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.”

Utah Director of Athletics Mark Harlan

“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.”