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Sam Foltz, Mike Sadler dead after car crash in Wisconsin

Nebraska punter Sam Foltz (27) punts the ball

Nebraska punter Sam Foltz (27) punts the ball during an NCAA football game against Illinois Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. Photo Credit: AP / Bradley Leeb

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler have died in a car crash in Wisconsin after coaching at a kicking clinic, a sheriff’s department official said Sunday. Louisiana State’s kicker was injured in the crash.

Waukesha County Sheriff’s Lt. Thom Moerman said speed was likely a factor in the single-vehicle crash that happened around 11:45 p.m. Saturday.

The 24-year-old Sadler, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was driving. He and 22-year-old Foltz, of Greeley, Nebraska, both died. LSU kicker, 21-year-old Colby Delahoussaye, was also a passenger and was injured in the crash.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln said Sunday the team will skip this week’s planned Big Ten media days in Chicago because of Foltz’s death. Officials with Michigan State didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Foltz was a three-year starter for the Nebraska team and last year he was named the Big Ten’s punter of the year. Foltz graduated from Nebraska with a degree in agronomy in May.

Nebraska Coach Mike Riley said Foltz was respected on the team, and had a positive influence on everyone he interacted with. Foltz’ friends gathered outside the stadium in Lincoln Sunday afternoon for a prayer vigil.

“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,” Riley said.

Sadler was a four-year starter and four-time academic All-American at Michigan State. He finished his college playing career after the 2014 season.

Dan Tracy with Kohl’s Kicking said both Sadler and Foltz had been coaching at a weekend clinic in Wisconsin.

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