WAUKESHA, Wis. — Nebraska football punter Sam Foltz has died in a Sunday morning car accident on his way home from weekend punter’s camp in Wisconsin, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.
Former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler, 24 was also killed in the crash.
Brian Christophersson, the Journal Star’s Nebraska football reporter, tweeted out the news Sunday morning. He later reported that an investigation concluded that Sadler was driving and lost control on wet pavement. Both were reportedly pronounced dead at the scene. A third passenger, LSU place-kicker Colby Delahoussaye was transported to the hospital with injuries.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln chancellor Ronnie Green offered few words, saying only that the school is heartbroken.
“All of the university of Nebraska is heartbroken,” Green told the Omaha World-Herald. “I don’t know what else to say.”
Foltz, 22, was Big Ten Punter of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection last season as a junior. He averaged 44.2 yards per punt last season and has racked up 50 career punts of 50 yards or longer. He was named to a watch list for the Ray Guy Award earlier this month, an award for the nation’s best punter.
He has many more awards on his bio at Huskers.com.
Foltz excelled in track as well. He finished 3rd in the 400 meter dash at the 2012 Nebraska State Track & Field meet.
He was also a role model off the field. He made the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll five times, and volunteered with many team hospital visits, School is Cool Week, the Lincoln Marathon and Nebraska’s Sportsmanship Rally.
Foltz himself was active on social media. One of his last tweets was an inspirational message for young people out there, saying, “You never know who’s watching.. What impact do you wanna leave on the next generation to aspire too?!
Since news of the crash, friends, loved ones, and fans have expressed their admiration for Foltz, and their sadness at the loss of such a beloved athlete.
Nebraska defensive end DaiShon Neal tweeted a photo of Foltz with the caption, “As sad as it is to see you go I truly know you were a man of faith. Heaven gained a Wonderful soul. Love you big bro.”
A native of Greeley, Neb., Foltz attended Grand Island Senior High School.