Husker Punter Sam Foltz Ready For Great Year

Grand Island native put on scholarship for Huskers

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Updated: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:07:40 CST

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On News 5 yesterday we heard Husker coach Bo Pelini mention that his punter, former Grand Island Sam Foltz has earned a scholarship.

The way Sam performed last season, this isn't a surprise.

Though coach Bo Pelini announced his punter Sam Foltz was no longer a walk on player but had a college scholarship to Nebraska to keep playing football, Sam knew several weeks ago. Doing it the hard way gives him a special sense of satisfaction.

There were a lot of other options but I knew deep down that Ialways wanted to be a Husker, I always wanted to come down here and play in front of the fan base, play for my state, you know I didn't have a problem knowing I was going to have to do it the hard way. Obviously to walk on and earn a scholarship earn a spot but I can say it has been worth it.

Sam punted no less than 71 times last season, that's more than an average of five a game and he averaged nearly 42 yards a boot. He is also the holder for the place kicker whom last season was Pat Smith.

He is ready to play both key roles again this season as Saturday's opener approaches.

I think it's going to come. Obviously I'm a lot more comfortable this year. I know I had some big shoes to fill right away and I kind of felt a little bit of pressure with that and I kind of had some ups and some downs and had some things happen throughtout the season but obviously I came away with it strong, I feel better about myself and I'm ready to have a big year.

Sam, the former Islander replaced former Kearney Bearcat Brett Maher as Husker punter. It just so happens Sam's former school plays Brett's former school in the high school season opener Friday..