The Oregon Ducks added to the list of touching tributes for former Nebraska punter Sam Foltz on Saturday.
Before the Cornhuskers hosted Oregon at Tom Osborne Field in Lincoln, Ducks coach Mark Helfrich and his players left a bouquet of flowers at the field’s 27-yard line. The move is a nod to the jersey number of the Nebraska senior who died in a car crash in July. The Nebraska student section reportedly gave the coach a standing ovation to thank him for the gesture.
The outpouring of support for Foltz has highlighted an emotional year for Nebraska and Foltz’s family. The team honored Foltz on September 3 in a 42-10 win against Fresno State. Nebraska lined up without a punter on their first punt attempt of the game. The Cornhuskers took a taking a delay of game penalty as the home crowd cheered. Fresno State declined the five yards. Foltz’s family, however, was robbed while in attendance.
Foltz, the Eddleman-Fields Big Ten Punter of the Year in 2015, died in a car accident on July 23 along with former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler. Foltz was 22. The two were attending a kicking camp in rural Wisconsin. LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye was also involved in the crash, but survived.