Sam Foltz, Mike Sadler Die in Car Accident Following Football Camp

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Nebraska punter Sam Foltz (27) punts during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler died in a car accident on July 23.

Kevin Coleย and Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald reported Foltz's death. According to the report, "over the weekend, Foltz was working a punting camp in Wisconsin and died as a passenger in a car that struck a tree in Merton, Wisconsin."

Jon Johnston of SB Nation's Corn Nation reported that Sadler died in the same accident. SB Nation CFB shared the police report, which noted LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye was also involved in the crash:

SB Nation CFB @SBNationCFB

This is a news release from police in Wisconsin on the crash that killed Sam Foltz and Mike Sadler: https://t.co/0O6q20x3s2

Per Ross Dellenger of the Advocate, Delahoussaye was hospitalized after the crash.ย He "suffered second-degree burns on his left thigh," according to his father, and needed stitches to his head.

Delahoussaye's family issued a statement on Friday, per the school:

Our family sincerely appreciates the outpouring of support for Colby since the accident last weekend. The number of calls, emails and text messages that we have received from people throughout the country has been overwhelming and much appreciated. Colby is in good hands with treatment to his injuries and heโ€™s making progress with his recovery.

We ask that you continue to pray for the families of [Mike] Sadler and [Sam] Foltz during this very difficult time. Mike and Sam were wonderful young men who Colby had great admiration for. Please keep their families in your thoughts and prayers.

Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio offered condolences to his former player's loved ones on Twitter:

Mark Dantonio @DantonioMark

He gave us all so much in so little time. Our thoughts & prayers are with him & his family. #RIPMikeSadler https://t.co/pVZbkARNi4

"All of the University of Nebraska is heartbroken," Nebraska chancellor Ronnie Green said, according to Cole and McKewon. "I don't know what else to say."

Nebraska's athletic department shared its thoughts on Twitter:

Nebraska Huskers @Huskers

Our hearts are heavy. We'll miss you Sam. #RIP27 https://t.co/Mz2dwhILQ9

Kohl's Kicking Camps issued a release following the news of Foltzย and Sadler's deaths:

Kohl's Kicking Camps @KohlsKicking

Statement from Jamie Kohl on the tragic deaths of Sam Foltz and Mike Sadler. https://t.co/RE4jE5LbKk

Cornhuskers head football coach Mike Riley released a statement, via ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg: "Sam was universally loved and respected by everyone he touched and on whom he had a positive influence."

On Monday, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany issued a statement on Foltz and Sadler, via Anthony Broome of Maize N Brew:

We join the Nebraska and Michigan State communities in sending our thoughts and prayers to the families, teammates, coaches, administrators and friends who have been impacted by the tragic loss of [Foltz] and [Sadler]. While we are deeply saddened by their untimely loss, we also recognize the impact they had and the success they achieved as students, athletes, citizens and representatives of their respective communities and institutions. On behalf of the Big Ten, we greatly appreciate the enduring contributions made by these two young men, and our hearts go out to their families during this difficult time.

Foltz, 22, was entering his senior season with the Cornhuskers. He was named the Big Ten Punter of the Year in 2015 and was on the recently released preseason watch list for the Ray Guy Award, which is given to the nation's top punter.

Sadler, 24, was a four-year starter at Michigan State from 2011 to 2014 and a member of the 2013 team that won the school's first Rose Bowl since 1988. He had a key play in a 2013 win against Iowa, running a fake punt 25 yards for a first down on 4th-and-7 to set up a field goal that put the Spartans up 23-14.

According to Sadler's page on the Michigan State athletics website, he was a four-time Academic All-American and a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award in 2013.


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