There has been an outpouring of support for the Huskers and Spartans after the tragic death of punters Sam Foltz and Mike Sadler earlier this year.
Nebraska’s opponents have stepped up to show respect for the Huskers’ loss, with Fresno State declining a delay of game penalty in the season opener when Nebraska came out with 10 men on its first punt. Ducks coach Mark Helfrich and kicker Matt Wogan placed a bouquet of flowers at the 27-yard line before the Nebraska-Oregon game as a tribute to Foltz, and Northwesternwore helmet stickers honoring Foltz’s memory.
Now the Big Ten has announced that it will use a special coin during this week’s coin flips in all seven of the conference’s weekend matchups.
The coin depicts each team’s punter on one side of the coin, along with a school logo and the words “In honor of Sam Foltz” and “In honor of Mike Sadler” on their respective sides.
The coin was developed collaboratively by representatives from Nebraska, Michigan State, the Foltz and Sadler families and the Big Ten Conference.
Nebraska plans to use the commemorative coin at the remainder of its 2016 home games.
So, yet another touching move by those in the Big Ten family trying to pay tribute to two former student-athletes whose lives were cut too short.