The BYU football program will be paying tribute to Ty Jordan this weekend.
Billy Nixon, BYU’s equipment manager, posted a photo of Cougar players Keanu Hill, Chaz Ah You, Lorenzo Fauatea and Jacob Conover on Twitter Wednesday holding a flag honoring Jordan, the running back who died last year just after his freshman season at Utah.
The Cougars will run out with the flag before the game against Utah and will present the flag to Utah’s team, according to a BYU spokesperson.
“NEW FLAG. Blessed to be joining @Utah_Football and @UtesEquipment in honoring the life of #22 Ty Jordan. #LoveOneAnother,” Nixon wrote.
The red flag has the logo the University of Utah created to memorize Jordan, who tragically died on Christmas night in 2020. It has “ LLTJ (Long Live Ty Jordan)” inside a heart constructed of two 2s — No. 22 was Jordan’s jersey number while at Utah.
Last year, BYU sent Utah a wooden replica of Jordan’s jersey and a note.
In his single year at Utah, Jordan showed his talent. He rushed for 597 yards and six touchdowns in five games in 2020, including three 100-plus yard performances and a three touchdown game against Washington State in the season finale. He was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
Last week, Weber State honored Jordan by wearing a helmet sticker during its game against Utah.
Utah honored Jordan with the creation of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship, awarded this year to Aaron Lowe.
During the Weber State game, with Jordan’s family on hand, Utah memorized Portal 22 at Rice-Eccles Stadium with the LLTJ logo, renaming it in his honor with his photo and stats on the walls.
During the break between the third and fourth quarters, Utah showed Jordan’s highlights and asked the crowd for a “moment of loudness” for Jordan, who never played in front of a crowd at its home stadium. That will continue every home game for the rest of the season.
Last night, during the break between the 3rd and 4th quarter, this video played. We asked our fans to rise to their feet in a moment of joy for Ty Jordan. It was electric.— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) September 3, 2021
So electric, that this tradition will continue at home games for the remainder of the season. #LLTJ ♥️ pic.twitter.com/HOGJDzoAbx