SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah football head coach Kyle Whittingham said that the families of Ty Jordan and Aaron Lowe will attend the jersey retirement on Saturday.
On Tuesday afternoon, Utah athletics announced that they will retire number 22 this Saturday during their game against UCLA. They will retire the number between the first and second quarter.
“It’s awesome,” Whittingham said after practice on Tuesday. “It’s something that seemed obvious that needed to be done. Thankful to our administration for agreeing and you are going to see a nice ceremony at the game on Saturday. Looking forward to honoring those young men.”
Whittingham also said that both families will be in attendance for the retirement ceremony. Saturday will mark the first time in Utah football history that a number has been retired.
Jordan was killed on Christmas night in 2020 in Denton, Texas, where he suffered an accidental gunshot wound. Lowe was best friends with Jordan as they both attended the same high school in Mesquite, Texas. The Utah defensive back was one of the main reasons that Jordan decided to attend the university after de-committing from Texas.
During this past offseason, Lowe switched his number from 2 to 22 to honor Jordan. He was also the first recipient of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship.
Lowe was tragically shot and killed at a house party in Sugarhouse early in the morning of Sunday, September 26.
Utah’s game against UCLA will kickoff at 8 p.m. MT on Saturday and will be televised on ESPN.
Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com, Co-Host of Faith, Family and Football podcast with Clark Phillips III and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASports.