There were many heavy hearts during Nebraska’s season opener Saturday as the Huskers paid homage to punter Sam Foltz, who passed away in a car accident earlier in the summer.
As there were many heavy hearts, there were also many ways Nebraska paid its respects to its former All-Big Ten punter.
First, the Huskers’ game program had a player-less cover.
— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) September 2, 2016
The cover has no player, which symbolizes the loss in the program. Above the helmet which holds up one lonely cleat in Memorial Lincoln Stadium, there’s also a number 27 written in the sky.
This season, there was a scholarship created in Foltz’s name, which would be an annual scholarship awarded to a student-athlete at Nebraska University. Players also have a logo which was put on the helmets of Nebraska players which read “SF27.”
Finally, Nebraska honored Foltz before and during its game against Fresno State in multiple ways, which were the most heartbreaking of all.
Specialists out first.
Carrying Sam step by step.
— GBR Designs (@GBRDesigns) September 3, 2016
The specialists came out of the tunnel first, holding Foltz’s jersey.
— Ryan Mix (@RyanMixTV) September 3, 2016
During the game, after the Huskers went three-and-out after their first series of the game, their special teams unit took the field without a punter and looked straight up at the sky.
We'll always remember #SF27.
Well done, @HuskerFBNation & HUskers fans.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 4, 2016
Nebraska took a delay of game penalty, but Fresno State, in one of the most classiest moves of the year, declined the penalty.
Watching Fresno State's players clap for Nebraska as they took a delay of game and then decline the penalty moved me to tears.
— Erin Sorensen (@erinsorensen) September 4, 2016
There wasn’t a dry eye in the stadium.
We had to take a delay of game, weren't able to get all 11 guys out to punt in time.
Missing one of them. pic.twitter.com/o3mzXQZqlO
— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) September 4, 2016