|Hometown:||Grand Island, Neb.|
|High School:||Grand Island|
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» Big Ten All-Freshman Team (BTN, 2013)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2014; Spring 2013, 2015)
Sam Foltz has proven to be one of the Big Ten’s best punters over the past two seasons, and he will continue to strive for better consistency this season. The 6-1, 200-pound Foltz boasts a strong leg and has excellent athleticism, allowing him to be used in conventional and rugby-style punting formations.
Foltz ranked fifth in the Big Ten in punting average in 2014, while helping Nebraska to a No. 4 net punting ranking in the conference. Foltz also improved his directional punting and had 26 punts downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.
Foltz was honored for his work, being named an honorable-mention All-Big Ten pick by the conference coaches. He could contend for bigger honors in 2015. Foltz also handled the Huskers’ holding duties, helping freshman Drew Brown to a perfect PAT season.
Foltz averaged 42.2 yards per punt to rank fifth in the Big Ten. His punting helped Nebraska to a 37.3-yard net punting average and a starting field position advantage in 11 of 13 games. Foltz had 18 punts of at least 50 yards, and opponents returned just 16 punts for 143 yards.
Foltz was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after his performance against McNeese State. He averaged 51.2 yards per punt and trapped the Cowboys inside their 20-yard line four times. Against Northwestern, all five of Foltz’s punts pinned the Wildcats inside the own 20-yard line. Foltz stood out against Purdue, averaging 43.2 yards per punt, with three punts of more than 50 yards. He pinned the Boilermakes inside their own 20 three times, and inside the 10 twice.
Foltz ran 14 yards for a first down on a fake punt at Wisconsin and also had a career-long 70-yard punt in the fourth quarter. Foltz averaged 44.7 yards per punt in the Holiday Bowl, including an NU bowl-record 64-yard punt. He downed four punts inside the USC 20.
2013 (Redshirt Freshman)
Foltz started all 13 games and averaged 41.6 yards per punt, with 16 punts of at least 50 yards. He downed 22 punts 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.
Foltz redshirted in his first season in the program in 2012. He was also a receiver when he joined the program, but quickly focused on punting.
Before Nebraska (Grand Island HS)
Foltz helped Grand Island High School 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 the Islanders 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.
Foltz had 60 total tackles and five interceptions as a junior. 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 caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Fyfe in the 2012 Shrine Bowl. Foltz chose to walk on at Nebraska over scholarship offers from South Dakota State, Northwest Missouri State, Nebraska-Kearney and South Dakota.
Foltz was born on Jan. 21, 1994, and is the son of Gerald and Jill Foltz. He is an agronomy major and has been named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll three times. Foltz has volunteered his time with team hospital visits, Husker Connect and Uplifting Athletes.
Foltz's Career Statistics
|2013||13/13||71||2,954||41.6||64 at Michigan||7||16||22||16||0|
|2014||13/13||63||2,659||42.2||70 at Wisconsin||5||20||26||18||0|
|26/26||134||5,613||41.9||70 at Wisconsin
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