SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah Athletics Department has established a scholarship to honor the memory of Ty Jordan, a U of U football running back who died on the night of Christmas after he was accidentally shot in the abdomen.
"Jordan made a significant impact on the Utah Football program in his short time in Salt Lake City. The Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a student-athlete in the football program who exemplifies the inspiring qualities that Jordan displayed through his work ethic, positivity and perseverance through adversity," a news release from U of U Athletics says.
Utah Football Head Coach Kyle Whittingham and his wife Jamie are giving $100,000 for the scholarship's initial donation. Donations can be made here.
Jordan died less than a week after completing his freshman season with the Utes. He was named the Pac-12's Freshman Offensive Player of the Week for three weeks in a row.
"Through it all, Jordan remained humble when speaking publicly, deferring credit to his teammates and coaches and frequently expressing his desire to make his mother proud in the way he was fulfilling his dream to play college sports," the news release says.