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#27 Sam Foltz
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 185
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Grand Island, Neb.
High School: Grand Island
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Honors & Awards
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014)
  • Big Ten All-Freshman Team (BTN, 2013)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2013)

2014 Outlook
Punter Sam Foltz performed well in his first season as the Huskers’ punter in 2013, but will look to improve his consistency in his second season as a starter. Foltz took over the punting duties in 2013 following the graduation of two-time Big Ten Punter-of-the-Year Brett Maher, and Foltz kept Nebraska among the Big Ten’s best punt units.

The Grand Island, Neb., native ranked fifth in the Big Ten in punting average to help the Huskers rank in the top 40 nationally in net punting. Foltz should be a strong contender for All-Big Ten honors this season. A talented athlete, Foltz worked as both a punter and receiver as a redshirt in 2012, before focusing on punting last fall.

2013 (Redshirt Freshman)
Foltz started all 13 games and averaged 41.6 yards per punt. He booted 16 punts of at least 50 yards, while having 22 punts downed inside the opposition’s 20-yard line. Foltz’s punting also helped Nebraska’s punt coverage unit allow an average of just 8.1 yards on 15 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 in his first season in the program in 2012.

Before Nebraska (Grand Island HS)
Foltz was a dynamic performer for Grand Island, helping lead the Islanders to a 9-2 record and a trip to the Class A quarterfinals as a senior. 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 senior defensive back, Foltz led Grand Island in tackles with 84, including 61 solo stops, and four interceptions.
On offense, Foltz teamed up with fellow Husker Ryker 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 senior punter. During his junior season, Foltz had 60 total tackles and five interceptions.
Foltz also competed in track and field, 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
Sam was born on Jan. 21, 1994, and is the son of Gerald and Jill Foltz. He is an agronomy major and was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll during the spring 2013 semester. Foltz has volunteered his time with team hospital visits, Husker Connect and Uplifting Athletes.

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)