Nebraska senior punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler died in a car accident in Merton, Wis., late Saturday night.
The 22-year-old Foltz, who was named the Big Ten’s punter of the year in 2015, was a major fan favorite of the Cornhuskers fan base. LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye was also injured in the accident. The accident occurred at 11:43 p.m. Saturday night when Sadler lost control of the vehicle he was driving on wet pavement and crashed into a tree, according to WILX10.com.
The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department said speed appeared to be a factor.
Foltz was a Ray Guy Award Watch List candidate entering 2016.
One of his last tweets was posted just five days ago, when he took part in a Nebraska Football Uplifting Athletes Road Race that benefits research for rare diseases.
— Sam Foltz (@samfoltz27) July 19, 2016
Some of Foltz’s teammates also took to Twitter to share their grief.
Unreal. Such a great leader and motivator. Always wanted us and the team to be great. #RIP27
— Peyton Newell (@p_newell) July 24, 2016
— Keyan Williams (@Primetime_IX) July 24, 2016
We'll never let your work ethic go unnoticed Big Brother. Love you Bro, Rest Easy 27 pic.twitter.com/RPbsJBug0M
— Tyrin Ferguson (@tferg__) July 24, 2016
Foltz had earned his bachelor’s degree in agronomy in May.
Michigan State coach Mark D’Antonio also shared his grief regarding Sadler, who played for the Spartans from 2011-14. The former Spartans punter appeared to have a bright future ahead of him, and was studying law at Stanford before his death.
— Mark Dantonio (@DantonioMark) July 24, 2016
The kicking camp the two were working at also expressed their condolences.
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