Foltz isn't a fan of the "s" word

The day he was announced as a scholarship player, Nebraska punter Sam Foltz talked about being more consistent in 2014.

LINCOLN, Neb. - In today’s culture, if somebody states, “he said the ‘s’ word,” most know what the word is.

If you are a punter, the “s” word has an entirely different meaning.

“I like to stay away from it,” said Nebraska sophomore Sam Foltz. “We call it a shank.”

Foltz had a few of those last season. He’s had a few in practices this fall, but the Grand Island product is seeing it happen less and less.

“If you are consistent in everyday life, you are going to be consistent in football. So really that’s what I’m trying to work on,” said Foltz, who outlined how you become more consistent on the field. “Just reps. Meaningful reps. It’s not just about going out there and punting the football. You have to have keys that you go out and work on every single day and that’s sort of what I went out and focused on this offseason. I paid attention to the details.”

Foltz booted the ball 71 times last season. His 41.6 yards per punt ranked him in the top half of college football, but he would be the first to tell you things could have gone better – freshman season or not.

“Last year I had some big shoes to fill right away and I sort of felt a little pressure with that. I had some ups and downs and some things that happened during the season,” said Foltz, who is approaching 2014 entirely different. “I know what’s coming and I know what to expect…I just need to be more consistent. I think it’s coming. I’m a lot more comfortable this year.”

On Monday, head coach Bo Pelini announced Foltz was placed on scholarship during the summer. A deserving honor – considering it’s likely he will be a four-year letter winner at Nebraska.

“It was obviously big for me and my family. It was a good time,” said Foltz, who called his dad first. “We always talked in high school and I told him that he would be the first person to know right away if I got a scholarship, he’s always been there for me.

“There were other options, but I always knew deep down that I wanted to come here and be a Husker, that I wanted to play in front of this fan base and for my state. I didn’t have a problem doing it the hard way – walk-on and earn a spot.”

Head coach Bo Pelini says he’s seen Foltz’s hard work.

“Sam has done a fantastic job. I think he’s really come along,” said Pelini. “He’s really come along fast. I think he’s exceeded expectations. I’ll tell you what; I’ve got a tremendous amount of confidence in him. I think he’s only going to get better with time. He worked very hard in the off season, and I think he’ll have a big year for us.”

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