BREAKING: Riley to hold presser on Sam Foltz’ death

Posted by: Channel 8 Eyewitness News

Head Coach Mike Riley is holding a press conference regarding Sam Foltz’s death at 8 p.m.

Channel 8 will bring you the latest at 10.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Dr. Ronnie Green has issued the following statement about the death of senior punter Sam Foltz:

“Husker Nation’s heart is broken today to learn of the loss of Sam Foltz in a tragic car accident. Sam was a kind and thoughtful young man who was a leader on the playing field, in the classroom, and in his community. He was an exemplary student-athlete who grew as a player and as a person on his path to recent completion of his degree in agronomy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and anyone who knew him can testify that he had an enduring influence on those around him. Jane and I observed this just a week ago, at the Uplifting Athletes Road Race in Lincoln, where his joy clearly showed through to his teammates and to children impacted by pediatric brain cancer. All of the UNL family around the world is lifting Sam’s family, friends, classmates and teammates up at this time and in the difficult days ahead. Our thoughts and support also go out to our Big Ten colleagues and family at Michigan State as they mourn punter Mike Sadler. Life is precious, especially when taken so young.”

Nebraska football coach Mike Riley issued this statement regarding Sam Foltz’ passing last night: 

"Last night, we lost one of the best young men who I have ever had the honor to coach and who has ever worn the Nebraska uniform. Sam was universally loved and respected by everyone he touched and on whom he had a positive influence each and every day. 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."

NEWS RELEASE – Waukesha County

On Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 11:43 pm the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, Village of Chenequa Police Department, Hartland Police Department and the Merton Fire Department responded to a single vehicle crash on Beaver Lake Road in the area of Beaver View Road in the Town of Merton.  

Upon investigation it was determined that the vehicle was traveling westbound on Beaver Lake Road, lost control on the wet pavement, left the roadway, and struck a tree.  Speed appears to be a factor in the traffic crash. 

The driver, was identified as Michael R. Sadler, a 24-year-old male from Grand Rapids Michigan.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

A passenger was identified as Samuel N. Foltz, a 22-year-old male from Grand Island Nebraska.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

A second passenger was identified as Colby J. Delahoussaye, a 21-year-old male from New Iberia Louisiana. He was transported by ambulance to Waukesha Memorial Hospital for treatment.    

This accident remains under investigation by the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department. 

Nebraska Huskers punter Sam Foltz has died according to Ronnie Green UNL Chancellor. A Greeley native, Foltz appeared in 38 games and was on the Ray Guy award watch list. 

Former and current Nebraska athletes posted on twitter:

Kieron Williams ‏@TheK_Williams  12m12 minutes ago

There will be a prayer vigil for Sam at 3 o’clock at north stadium in front of the Tom Osborne statue today, all can join.

Kenny Bell ‏@AFRO_THUNDER80  3m3 minutes ago

Words will never describe how much I love you Foltzy. Youll truly b forever missed my brother. Rest easy my friend,can’t wait to see u again

Jared Crick ‏@JrodVCrick  15m15 minutes ago

RIP to of one of our own Sam Foltz. Heard nothing but great things and represented our fraternity and state better than any. Prayers #RIP27

Tommy Armstrong Jr. ‏@Tommy_Gun4  17m17 minutes ago

Man I’m hurting only God knows the reason he calls upon the great people in this world. Sam…