Nebraska will not participate in Big Ten Media Days on Monday following the death of Cornhuskers punter Sam Foltz, who died in a reported car accident in Wisconsin.
The 22-year-old Foltz, who was named the Big Ten’s punter of the year in 2015, and Michigan State punter Mike Sadler died in the accident, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.
The Cornhuskers released statements from football coach Mike Riley and AD Shawn Eichorst.
Statement from Nebraska 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.”
Statement from Nebraska athletics director Shawn Eichorst:
“Our prayers of love and support go out to Sam’s family during this difficult time and we will do all that we can to help comfort them in this time of sadness. Sam was truly a tremendous young man, who represented everything that a Nebraska student, athlete, teammate and friend should strive to be. While his loss is devastating, his impact will be felt forever. Along with Coach Riley, our focus is on providing Sam’s family, teammates and friends with the critical support and love that they need at this time.”
The kicking camp both players is attending issued its own statement Sunday:
Statement from Jamie Kohl on the tragic deaths of Sam Foltz and Mike Sadler. pic.twitter.com/RE4jE5LbKk
— Kohl's Kicking Camps (@KohlsKicking) July 24, 2016