LINCOLN, Neb. — The final game this season in Memorial Stadium will be a lot like the first. It will be apparent who is missing.
Nebraska coach Mike Riley said during the Big Ten Teleconference on Tuesday that the Senior Day celebrations before Nebraska’s game against Maryland will bring “great memories and sad memories” of punter Sam Foltz, who died this summer in a car crash.
“The passing of Sam Foltz has become kind of part of our daily thought processes,” Riley said. “There is not a day that goes by here that we don’t think about Sam and appreciate him.”
Riley called Foltz, a former walk-on who earned a scholarship before his junior year, a perfect example of this senior class. Nebraska has several seniors who walked on and ended up earning a scholarship, including center Dylan Utter and wide receiver Brandon Reilly.
“He is kind of the epitome of everything we’ve just about, the guy who wanted to go to Nebraska, who had chances to go on scholarship other places and elected to come here,” Riley said. “He’s one of those guys who set the bar and was a great example and had that passion and dedicated his sports life to making it here. And its part of the identity not only of Nebraska, but particularly this group.
“He had so many friends, all the teammates. It continues to be both great memories and sad memories as we go forward.”