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Nebraska Cornhuskers’ punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State Spartans’ punter Mike Sadler were killed in a single-car crash on their way home from a student kicking camp in Wales, Wisconsin late Saturday night. Current Louisiana State Tigers’ kicker Colby Delahoussaye was injured in the crash, and was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital after needing stitches and suffering burns to his legs. He has since been released from the hospital.
Sadler was driving the car which he, Foltz, and Delahoussaye were inside of, when he lost control of it on wet pavement as the 3 were on their way home from the camp. The car then went off the road and struck a tree, causing the deaths of both Sadler, the car’s driver, and Foltz, who was riding in the passenger seat. Delahoussaye was in the back seat at the time of the crash and survived the tragic accident.
Foltz, the Big Ten Punter of the Year award winner last season, was just 22 years young. Over his 3-year punting career with the Cornhuskers, Foltz totaled 190 punts with an average of 42.0 yards per punt. His career-long punt happened in the 2014 season. It was a 70-yard punt. His career high for punts in a single season was 71, which happened in the 2013 season. Last season, he punted the ball 56 times and averaged 44.2 yards per punt with his longest punt traveling 67 yards.
Sadler, who punted for the Spartans from the 2011 season through the 2014 season, was just 24 years young. Over his 4-year punting career with the Spartans, Sadler totaled 268 punts with an average of 42.0 yards per punt. His career-long punt happened in the 2012 season. It was a 70-yard punt. His career high for punts in a single season was 79, which happened in the 2012 season.
Delahoussaye, 22, was the place kicker for the Tigers in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Over those 2 seasons, he converted on 90 of 93 (96.8%) extra point attempts and 24 of 29 field goal attempts (82.8%). His longest career made field goal is a 50-yard kick, which he converted on during the 2014 season. Last season, however, he did not attempt a kick due to being behind kicker Trent Domingue on the Tigers’ depth chart.