Husker Head Football Coach Mike Riley says the death of punter Sam Foltz will have an impact on this football season, though that impact won’t be the same for every player.
“I think it will affect different people, from staff members to players, differently,” Riley says. “And a lot of it might just simply depend on how well they knew Sam. Some of our freshmen didn’t know him very well. So, how they react I think will be across the board.”
Foltz, who was from Greeley, died in a car crash in Wisconsin in July. He had participated in a kicking clinic in Wisconsin. Former Michigan State punter Michael Sadler also died in the crash.
Riley says the approach Foltz took to his role on the team will inspire him.
“What I think about Sam Foltz and the football part of it and what he brought to this team and university, if I could be as happy doing my job and as enthusiastic as Sam was as you guys saw him be; he loved it,” Riley says. “He was proud of his craft. He worked at it like a pro. And he did it with a lot of fun, a lot of joy.”
Riley says Foltz commanded much more respect among his teammates than a punter normally does.
“This guy was every guy’s guy here. In the weight room, in the running, in the conditioning; he could actually do it with most any of them. He was that person. So, my personal advice to myself is, do it like he did it, enjoy it like he did.”
Tommy Rezac, KLIN, contributed to this report.