Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler were both killed in a car crash in Wisconsin Saturday night.
Police in Waukesha County, Wisc., said Sadler was driving a car also carrying Foltz and LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye. Police said Sadler lost control of the vehicle on wet pavement in Merton, Wisc., and crashed into a tree. Foltz and Sadler each died at the scene, the police said, and Delahoussaye was treated there for injuries and taken by ambulance to a hospital. He has since left the hospital, The Advocate reported.
Nebraska said in a statement that Foltz, 22, had been attending a camp near Waukesha, Wisc. He was Nebraska's starting punter.
"Sam was universally loved and respected by everyone he touched and on whom he had a positive influence each and every day," Nebraska coach Mike Riley said in the statement. "His tragic loss is immeasurable to his family, his friends, his classmates, his teammates and his coaches and our thoughts and prayers are with all of them. The young men in our football program are hurting but I know that their strength of character and resolve will bring us together and we will honor Sam every day moving forward."
Sadler, 24, was a four-year starter through 2014 for Michigan State, where he earned All-America designation in 2013 and was regularly honored for his academic work.
As word spread on Sunday of the players’ deaths, teammates and friends shared their devastation on Twitter.
Some of the good words shared about Sadler included these:
Sadler had a whip-smart sense of humor and wasn’t afraid to poke fun at himself. He enjoyed having conversations with satirical Twitter accounts, in which Sadler’s self-awareness and funny takes on his life as a specialist became popular.
Foltz’s death drew an outpouring of grief from Nebraska administrators players, coaches, fans and even media members. The university’s chancellor said the entire school was "heartbroken" and added, "I don't know what else to say."
Foltz graduated from Nebraska in May with a degree in agronomy.
One of Foltz’s final tweets, sent a few days before his death, drew particular attention once news broke that he’d died.
One teammate showed the two players' names were trending on Twitter shortly after the news broke, alongside an old tweet of Sadler's.