Nebraska has announced some initiatives to honor Sam Foltz, the punter who died in a Wisconsin car accident last month. Helmets this season will feature a "SF27" patch on the back; the logo will also appear on workout apparel and coaches sideline wear.
Moving forward, one of the 85 football scholarships will be designated the "Sam Foltz Memorial Scholarship"; at the start of the season, one player who embodied Foltz's traits of leadership, excellence in the community and in the classroom will be awarded this scholarship. The first recipient will be recognized on the field prior to kickoff of the Fresno State game on September 3.
Also, the "Hero Leadership Award" is being renamed the "Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award" and will now be awarded to 27 student-athletes across all sports who exhibit strong leadership qualities, commitment to service and ability to encourage/empower peers. Foltz was one of the recipients of the 2016 Hero Leadership Award for his community outreach work.