Nebraska HC Mike Riley Talked About The Lasting Impact Of Punter Sam Foltz

Football practices are almost here, but the loss of Sam Foltz is still on people's mind inside the Nebraska football program.

With Sam Foltz still on everyone’s mind, head coach Mike Riley and the Nebraska Cornhuskers held their annual preseason football press conference on Wednesday. The media session always goes hand-in-hand with Nebraska’s fan day.

Riley admitted replacing Foltz, which has not been a focus until recently, will be tough.

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“He wasn’t just good, he was great,” Riley told reporters. Their will be an open competition between freshman Caleb Lightroom and redshirt freshman Isaac Armstrong.

"We have a talented young freshman. We’ve got a guy who has had some experience with this team. We want to let them compete and coach them for a few days. But we’d like to do it pretty soon, because one of them is left footed and one of them is right footed. If it’s a right footed punter, then the shield that protects the punter has to go (differently than the left footed punter). We’d like to get to the point where we get the starting group practicing with the starting punter and let that play out for a time. I can’t tell you a specific date, because I don’t know it. We don’t want it to be too long. We want to have a decision pretty soon.”

The Huskers will also need to find a new holder. 

"Sam was a good holder, and a guy that Drew (Brown) was confident in. The No. 1 thing about the holder is we’ll end up with the guy Drew ends up being the most comfortable with," said Riley.  "I have enlisted Zack Darlington, who I think would be a great candidate to possibly be there. Of course, Caleb Lightbourn has done it. If Caleb ends up being our punter, he’s a true freshman and I don’t know how many duties we want to pile on top of him. Those are the possibilities. We’d like to be able to make a decision pretty soon on who that is. And then let them have a good camp of repetition.”

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