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#27 Sam Foltz
Position: Punter
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 205
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Grand Island, Neb.
High School: Grand Island
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Honors & Awards
  • Big Ten All-Freshman Team (BTN, 2013)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2013)

Redshirt freshman punter Sam Foltz has performed well in his first season as the Huskers’ punter. Foltz took over the punting duties following the graduation of two-time Big Ten Punter of the Year Brett Maher, and Foltz has kept Nebraska among the Big Ten’s best punt units.

The Grand Island, Neb., native averaged 41.9 yards per punt, allowing Nebraska to rank fourth in the Big Ten in net punting. Foltz has booted 15 punts of at least 50 yards, while having 20 punts downed inside the opposition’s 20-yard line. A talented athlete, Foltz worked as both a punter and receiver as a redshirt in 2012, before focusing on punting this fall.

2013 (Redshirt Freshman)
Foltz started all 12 games as Nebraska’s punter and ranked fourth in the Big Ten in punting average. Foltz’s punting also helped Nebraska’s punt coverage unit which allowed an average of just 8.9 yards on 14 punt returns. Foltz pinned Penn State inside its own 20 four times, while pinning three punts inside the 20 against both Purdue and Northwestern. Foltz had a season-long 64-yard punt at Michigan.

2012 (Freshman)
Foltz redshirted his first season at Nebraska.

Before Nebraska (Grand Island HS)

A do-it-all athlete from Grand Island High School, Foltz helped lead the Islanders to a 9-2 record and a trip to the Class A quarterfinals as a senior. A teammate of fellow walk-on freshman Ryker Fyfe, Foltz was one of the most versatile athletes in the state, starring on both sides of the football. A first-team All-Nebraska pick as a defensive back as a senior, Foltz led Grand Island in tackles with 84, including 61 solo stops, and four interceptions. During his junior season, Foltz had 60 total tackles and five interceptions. On offense, Foltz teamed up with Fyfe to make up one of the most dangerous passing duos in the state. Foltz caught 39 passes for 686 yards and 10 touchdowns as senior. He was also a valuable asset on special teams where he was member of the Lincoln Journal Star Super State team as a punter during his senior campaign. Foltz also competed in track and field during the spring season, earning a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash at the 2012 state track and field meet. Foltz was selected to participate in the 2012 Nebraska Shrine Bowl and caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Fyfe. Foltz chose to walk on at Nebraska over scholarship offers from South Dakota State, Northwest Missouri State, Nebraska-Kearney and South Dakota.
Personal
Foltz was born on Jan. 21, 1994, and is the son of Gerald and Jill Foltz. He earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring of 2013.
Foltz's Career Statistics

Year

G/S

No.

Yds. Avg. Long

TB

FC I20

50+

Blk.

2012         Redshirt          
2013 13/13 71 2,954 41.6 64 at Michigan 7 16 22 16 0

Totals

13/13 71 2,954 41.6 64 at Michigan 7 16 22 16 0
Single-Game Highs
» Punts - 8 vs. UCLA (2013)
» Inside 20 - 4 at Penn State (2013)
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