SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) – It has been over a week now since University of Utah football player Aaron Lowe was shot and killed at a house party.
And even though a week has passed, the coaches, players and the program are still in mourning.
âThe tragic and devastating loss of Aaron Lowe still weighs heavily on our hearts and our program, we miss Aaron,â said Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham. “For our team to know the loss we had less than a year, with Ty and Aaron it was a challenge.”
âIt’s not an easy time, what happened was terrible,â Utah quarterback Cam Rising said. “It doesn’t make sense, it still baffles me to this day just thinking about it.”
“This program has been through a lot of emotions and outside of football and this is something people tend to forget, at the end of the day we always take our pads off and we are still human,” said the offensive lineman Nick Ford. âSo I think the best thing is that we are really a family. “
“It was the most difficult year of my coaching career, without a doubt,” said Whittingham.
With Aaron Lowe’s loss still on his mind, the Utah football team are looking to use this tragic moment to bring the team together and try to achieve their goals.
“Football is a big distraction and having Aaron’s mom come over to talk to us and tell us to keep going because that’s what Aaron would want is kind of the last thing we needed before we went. really be able to deal with it, “wide receiver Britain Covey said.
âThe best way to heal is to go through this together and come back to a certain sense of normalcy, but at the same time you never remember it,â Whittingham said. âBut it’s therapy to get back into the field. You won’t see anyone wearing 22 in this program anymore, at least while I’m the head coach. We would like to see him retire permanently, it is our wish and I think you will see it happen.
After a well-deserved week off, Utah travels to Los Angeles, Calif., To face USC on October 9.