2016 Nebraska Profile: Sam Foltz

Nebraska's best player in 2016 might just be their punter.


Position: P

Height/Weight: 6-foot-2/205-pounds

High School: Grand Island (Nebraska)

Year: Senior 

2015 recap:

After averaging 44.2 yards per punt and recording 16 punts of 50 yards or more, Foltz was named the conference Punter of the Year in the Big Ten. In the last decade only Brett Maher averaged a high punting average.

Foltz’s best game of the season came in a loss against Northwestern. The junior punted six times, averaging 50.7 yards per punt and recording a 63-yarder. His long for the season was 67 against BYU. 

Foltz also served as the team’s holder. 

2016 preview:

Can a special teams player be the best player on the team? It might be the case with Foltz, who could be the first Nebraska special teams standout to be drafted since Alex Henery in 2011.

One way to help improve his draft stock will be by increasing his hang time according to special teams coach Bruce Read – a focus this past spring.

“If you punt the ball 50 yards, we want a 5.0 (second) hang time,” Read told the Omaha World Herald. “That’s when your guys get down there. Now, if you punt the ball 55 and you have a 4.7 hang time, then, you know, things are on. Sam does a good job of placing the ball near the boundary. There’s good direction. But we constantly have to keep on working on hang time.”

While Foltz had one of the strongest legs in the country, Nebraska ranked just No. 97 in the country in punt return yards allowed.

Foltz is a true weapon and a guy who can pin teams deep. He's become a much better directional punter the last year. He's the type of guy that makes offensive coordinators think about it a lot harder when it's fourth and short. 

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.


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