Two top college football punters killed in car wreck

Green said in a statement. He and 22-year-old Sam Foltz, of Greeley, Nebraska, both died. His tragic loss is immeasurable to his family, his friends, his classmates, his teammates and his coaches and our thoughts and prayers are with all of them.”

Mike Sadler, 24, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was driving. Several players talked about how hard Foltz worked and his faith in God.

“Sam was a kind and thoughtful young man who was a leader on the playing field, in the classroom, and in his community,” Nebraska Chancellor Ronnie D. LSU kicker, 21-year-old Colby Delahoussaye, was also a passenger and was injured in the crash.

Officials at the University of Nebraska and Michigan State University confirmed Sunday that a current and a former punter for their football teams were killed in a car wreck in Wisconsin early Sunday.

CBS affiliate WLNS in Lansing, Michigan, reports Sadler is the only four-time academic All-American in MSU history and that he was supposed to be attending Stanford Law School this year.. Foltz was also a first-team All-Big Ten selection. Saturday.

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio confirmed Sadler’s passing on Twitter.

The pair had been in Wisconsin for a football camp, according to multiple reports.

The Lincoln Star Journal reports former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler was also killed in the wreck with Foltz.

Several hundred friends and teammates of Foltz gathered outside Memorial Stadium in Lincoln Sunday afternoon to remember him. “He was an exemplary student-athlete who grew as a player and as a person on his path to recent completion of his degree in agronomy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and anyone who knew him can testify that he had an enduring influence on those around him.”

© 2016 CBS Interactive Inc. Foltz was a three-year starter named the 2015 Big 10 punter of the year, averaging 44.2 yards a punt in 2015 — his junior year — on 56 attempts.

Last Updated Jul 24, 2016 11:08 PM EDT

Waukesha County Sheriff’s Lt. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln said Sunday the team will skip this week’s planned Big Ten media days in Chicago because of the deaths.

CBS affiliate KOLN in Lincoln, Nebraska, reports senior Sam Foltz was killed. Sam was universally loved and respected by everyone he touched and on whom he had a positive influence each and every day. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. He graduated from Nebraska with a degree in agronomy in May.

Nebraska coach Mike Riley said in a statement: “Last night, we lost one of the best young men who I have ever had the honor to coach and who has ever worn the Nebraska uniform. Thom Moerman said speed was likely a factor in the single-vehicle crash that happened around 11:45 p.m. All Rights Reserved

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