Two days before the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of Sam Foltz in an automobile accident, the University of Nebraska unveiled a new tribute to the Husker punter.
For many years the last thing Nebraska football players did before beginning the famed Tunnel Walk was touch the horseshoe. Now they’ll also see a memorial plaque honoring Foltz and his impact on Nebraska football.
“We wanted a way to remember Sam permanently in a venue that would be appropriate and meaningful, not just to the current team but also to future teams and everybody involved with the program and the public,” Nebraska Executive Associate Athletic Director Steve Waterfield said. “We think this is a great way to do that.”
Foltz, from Greeley, Nebraska, and a graduate of Grand Island High School, was the 2015 Eddelman-Fields Big Ten Punter of the Year and earned his degree in agronomy from Nebraska in May of 2016. A five-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selection, he made the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship teams.
The plaque, placed below the “No. 27 SF” logo that’s become popular, will include names of recipients of the annual Sam Foltz Memorial Scholarship. The first name on the plaque is senior kicker Drew Brown, one of Foltz’s closest friends, who earned the inaugural scholarship last season.
Nebraska’s temporary memorial to Foltz that was placed at the northwest corner of the stadium last season will remain up through July 28.
Brandon is the Managing Editor for Hail Varsity and has covered Nebraska athletics for the magazine and web since 2012, Hail Varsity’s first season on the scene. His sports writing has also been featured by Fox Sports, The Guardian and CBS Sports.