Sam Foltz, the punter for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, was killed in an automobile accident on Sunday morning.
Brian Christopherson, who runs the Nebraska Football beat for the Lincoln Journal-Star, tweeted out the news that had been building around social media Sunday morning and early afternoon.
Tragic news in the Husker family. Sam Foltz died in a car accident while out of state. We will provide more details as available.— Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC) July 24, 2016
We've been told that the accident happened in or around Waukesha, Wisconsin. We are also being told that former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler was in the accident with Foltz as well, and it appears that he has died in the wreck as well.
Obviously, there has been no confirmation of the accident, and when we have anything, we will pass it to you.
Sam was the Edelman-Fields Big Ten Punter of the Year last season. He was also named first-team Big Ten Punter by the media, coaches, Associated Press, and ESPN last season as well.
Foltz started all 38 games he appeared in for the Huskers, amassing 190 total times he punted the ball. His 44.23 average last season was just out of the top 20 punters in FBS last season.
Foltz came to Nebraska out of Greeley, Nebraska, by way of Grand Island High School. Foltz was the son of Gerald and Jill Foltz, and was a two-sport star for GI as he was a great Wide Reciever and Safety as well as punting for the team. His punting is what got him on the Lincoln Journal-Star Super State team.
Not only was Foltz a great football player, but he excelled at track as well, finishing 3rd in the 400 meter dash at the 2012 Nebraska State Track & Field meet.
Foltz chose to walk on at Nebraska, turning away full rides from Nebraska-Kearney, South Dakota, NW Missouri State and South Dakota State.