Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler were killed in a crash overnight in Wisconsin after attending a punter's camp. LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye was also reportedly in the car and also injured in the wreck, but survived, according to The Advocate.
The 22-year-old Foltz was the Big Ten punter of the year in 2015 as a junior and was on the Ray Guy Award watch list coming into his senior season. Foltz averaged 44.23 yards per punt in 2015.
"All of the university of Nebraska is heartbroken," said Ronnie Green, chancellor of Nebraska's Lincoln campus. "I don't know what else to say."
"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," said Nebraska coach Mike Riley in a statement. "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."
Riley and members of his team were scheduled to be in Chicago for Big Ten Media Days on Monday, but they will not be attending, a school spokesman said on Sunday.
Sadler was Michigan State's punter from 2011-2014 and was a two-time All-Big Ten selection as a sophomore and junior, averaging 43.32 and 42.54 yards per punt in those seasons.
A number of current and former Michigan State and Nebraska players and coaches took to Twitter to pay their respects to Foltz and Sadler.
Words can't describe how much my heart hurts right now... Foltz you were loved by so many and your smile was infectious. I love you buddy.🙏🏾— Ameer Abdullah (@Ameerguapo) July 24, 2016
Sam Foltz you are the standard for not only a husker but a man! God received one of his finer human beings! Much love and prayers brother!— Alexander Lewis (@lewis_flock72) July 24, 2016