High School: Grand Island HS (NE)
Foltz earned Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten honors from the conference coaches, averaging 42.2 yards per punt to rank fifth in the Big Ten. In 13 games, Foltz pinned opponents inside their 20 yard-line 26 times.
One of Foltz’s best games came against USC in the Holiday Bowl, where the sophomore punted seven times for a 44.7 yard per punt average – including four inside the 20-yard line.
While no one has ever questioned Foltz’s strong leg, directional punting was one area the junior worked on this spring with special teams coach Bruce Read.
His progress in 15 practices quickly drew the attention of his long-time head coach.
“I think Sam (Foltz) is a terrific athlete and punter,” said Riley. “I've coached three NFL punters, four counting when I was in the NFL. I think he might be as consistent as any of them that I have been around. I have been really impressed?by him.”
BRR projection: Foltz’s leg looked stronger during punt drills and before practices in the spring. He looks to be on his way to becoming one of the Big Ten’s top punters this spring, if not the top.
We expect to see him creep towards the top of the nation when it comes to yards per punt in 2015.
How he ended up in Lincoln:
As a senior defensive back, Foltz recorded 84 tackles and snagged four interceptions, earning first-team All-Nebraska honors. With fellow Husker Ryker Fyfe as his quarterback, Foltz caught 39 passes for 686 yards and 10 scores as a receiver.
With a scholarship offer from South Dakota State and Nebraska-Kearney in his hand, Foltz decided to walk-on at Nebraska.