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Joe Tessitore

Joe Tessitore

Nebraska players, ex-players, coaches and fans were stunned to hear the news about Sam Foltz, the senior punter who was killed in an automobile accident in Wisconsin late Saturday night.

Among the national names to share their grief was ESPN college football commentator Joe Tessitore.

Foltz, 22, and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler, who also died in the crash, were helping with a kickers camp at Moraine High School in Wales, Wisconsin, earlier in the evening.

Tessitore, whose son was attending the camp, was one of the last people to see Foltz.

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"The storm was horrible (Saturday) night in Wisconsin, so much so, that we had to cancel the evening punting and kicking sessions," Tessitore said on ESPN's 'SportsCenter.' "So all the prospects gathered in the gym. And it was Sam Foltz who took the microphone and filled that time with an inspirational story of motivation, and mentoring, and leadership and his own life story of going for a dream."

Foltz and Sadler were known for their hard work on the field, and their work off it. 

"They truly served others," Tessitore said. "For the last moment that we saw them in public, to be doing that, to be talking to young people, coaching young people; for those same young people then 12 hours later to receive the news they received today ... it was utterly devastating.

"These guys were labeled as specialists. They were special in every way."

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Clark Grell is sports editor.

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