The Oregon Ducks and coach Mark Helfrich, in Lincoln, Neb. for their matchup against the Nebraska Cornhuskers Saturday, paid their respects before the game to Sam Foltz, a Cornhuskers punter who was killed in an automobile crash in July.
As his teammates warmed up prior to the game, Helfrich and Ducks kicker Matt Wogan placed a green and yellow bouquet of flowers on the 27-yard-line, a nod to Foltz’s No. 27.
It was a classy move, but not the first to honor Foltz this season. During the season opener, Nebraska honored Foltz with a 10-man formation during its first punt. Cornhuskers players are wearing “SF27” patches during the season.
Foltz was killed in a July crash in Merton, Wis., a small town outside of Milwaukee. Foltz and two of his Nebraska teammates were attending a kicking camp nearby, but the teammates were not in the car at the time of the crash.