Colby Delahoussaye, the LSU kicker that was riding with Sam Foltz the night he died, will carry the memory of his late friend with him every time he takes the field.
Delahoussaye tweeted a picture Tuesday of customized cleats designed to honor the former Husker punter and Mike Sadler, the ex-Michigan State punter who also died in that crash. The cleats feature the names “Sam” and “Mike” on the soles with each player’s jersey number on the side.
“This is for my two boys, I got you guys always with me! This season is for y’all! Love and miss you two,” Delahoussaye said in the tweet.
Delahoussaye was in the backseat of the car, driven by Sadler with Foltz in the passenger seat, when it skidded off a wet Wisconsin road July 23. He has since said he believes he lost consciousness during the accident and awoke only after he began to feel a burning sensation on his leg. Delahoussaye escaped from the burning vehicle and dialed 911 from his shattered cellphone.
The New Iberia, Louisiana, native has recovered from the injuries he sustained that night and is the Tigers’ starting placekicker. He made the only field goal he’s attempted this season and is 8 of 10 on extra points.
Tributes to Foltz from other teams have poured in since his death.
Wisconsin’s Rafael Gaglianone, who made a game-winning field goalagainst LSU on Sept. 3, changed his jersey number to No. 27 before the season. Oregon kicker Matt Wogan and coach Mark Helfrich placed a bouquet of flowers at the 27-yard line before the game Saturday.