The kicking community, especially at the college level, is tight knit. Wisconsin kicker Rafael Gaglianone proved that by announcing that this season he would wear No. 27 to honor Nebraska punter Sam Foltz.
— Andrew Endicott (@andyendicott) July 26, 2016
Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler were killed in a car crash over the weekend. LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye suffered minor injuries. They had been attending a weekend camp for kicking specialists in Wales, Wisc.
Foltz would have been a senior with the Cornhuskers this season. He was the Big Ten Punter of the Year last season and led the conference with 44.2 yards per punt.
Gaglianone posted this tribute to Foltz on his social media account:
“From the day I met you I have looked up to you, not only for what you could do on the field but mostly for the person you were outside of it. You have impacted my life and the life of so many around you, there is not a single person that ever talked to you and did not love you. Like many of the kickers and punters I have been fortunate enough to meet during camps, you were like family to me. I am truly blessed to have gotten to know you and call you my friend over this past 3 years!! You have made me a better person and i will never forget our times together. This season is for you my brother!! #RIP27”
Gaglianone is a junior and will be the Badgers’ starting kicker for the third consecutive season. Last season he made 19 of his 22 field goals last season, a conversion rate of 86.4 percent.