It’s a night that Drew Meyer and Drew Brown will never forget.
After spending the day at Jamie Kohl’s specialist camp at Kettle Moraine High School in Wales, Wis., Meyer, a former Wisconsin punter, and Brown, a junior kicker at Nebraska, relaxed at the house of a local coach. Also in attendance that evening were Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler, who were tragically killed in a car accident later that night.
Speaking with USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Potrykus, Meyer recalled that terrible evening.
They all departed from the house around the same time. Meyer and Brown in one car, and Foltz, Sadler and LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye in another. Although they left shortly after Foltz, Sadler and Delahoussaye, Meyer and Brown arrived at the destination before the trio. After waiting for a while, they knew something was amiss.
“We thought maybe we had beaten them home,” Meyer told Potrykus, “that maybe the GPS took them on a different route that was a little longer.
“But after 20 minutes or so Drew and I decided to go back out and see if we could find them. We were hoping that they were OK. We thought we could find them by chance.”
They never found the other car and were left to mourn with the rest of the college football community. Meyer indicated that Brown, who was a close friend to Foltz, his teammate, is taking it pretty hard.
Meyer also relayed to Potrykus the type of men that Foltz and Sadler were on and off the field.
“Mike and Sam are two of the best guys I’ve ever met,” Meyer said in the story. “Incredible young men.
“Everyone in the kicking industry respected Mike. Even though Sam was younger we looked up to him in the same way. First one to give you a hug and ask how you’re doing.”