In his brief time at the University of Utah, freshman running back Ty Jordan made an indelible impression.
Now, his memory will live on in the form of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship, Utah athletic director Mark Harlan announced Tuesday.
The scholarship honors Jordan, who rushed for 597 yards and six touchdowns as a freshman. He died Dec. 25, less a week after the conclusion of the 2020 season.
According to the school, 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.”
Jordan’s mother, Tiffany, died last August after a battle with cancer.
Coach Kyle Whittingham and his wife, Jamie, are making the first gift to the fund in the amount of $100,000.
Those desiring to donate to the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship may do so through a secure online portal accessible at this link.
Jordan earned Pac-12 Offensive Freshmen of the Year honors and was named Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year by The Associated Press.
Jordan, who averaged 119.4 rushing yards per game — No. 1 among the nation’s freshmen and ninth among all FBS players — was also named a Freshman All-American by The Athletic and 247Sports.
A celebration of life to honor Jordan will be held at 11 a.m. CST Wednesday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.