Nebraska punter Sam Foltz dies in car crash

Foltz was killed Saturday in a wreck returning from a kicking camp in Wisconsin

By Alex Walker |

Published 07/24 2016 03:36PM

Updated 07/24 2016 06:41PM

Nebraska punter Sam Foltz died in a car crash at 11:43 CT Saturday night, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

Former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler also died in the crash. Both Sadler and Foltz were returning from a kicking camp in Wisconsin.

Statement from University of Nebraska Athletics:

"The University of Nebraska Athletics Department is deeply saddened to confirm that senior punter Sam Foltz was tragically killed in a car accident on Saturday night, while attending a kicking camp near Waukesha, Wisconsin. Details about the incident will be forthcoming from law enforcement officials in Waukesha."

Statement from Nebraska head football coach Mike Riley:

"Last night, we lost one of the best young men who I have ever had the honor to coach and who has ever worn the Nebraska uniform.  Sam was universally loved and respected by everyone he touched and on whom he had a positive influence each and every day.  His tragic loss is immeasurable to his family, his friends, his classmates, his teammates and his coaches and our thoughts and prayers are with all of them.  The young men in our football program are hurting but I know that their strength of character and resolve will bring us together and we will honor Sam every day moving forward.”

Foltz was a native of Greeley, Nebraska and the son of Gerald and Jill Foltz. In 2015, Foltz was an All-Big Ten selection.

According to the University of Nebraska Athletics Department, Head Football Coach Mike Riley and student-athletes Tommy Armstrong, Josh Banderas and Jordan Westerkamp will not participate in Big Ten Media Day scheduled for tomorrow and Tuesday in Chicago.

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