The All-RSS Team: Punter

Robin Washut, Senior Writer
Husker Online

There will always be endless debates over who are the greatest Nebraska football players of all time, so decided to let our members settle it for themselves.

By voting for the top Huskers at each position, we will assemble our very own All-RSS Team. Today we look at the final voting results for the punters.


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1. Sam Koch - 775 votes (29.8%)

Sam Koch's average punt in 2005 traveled 46.51 yards, a school record and the second-best mark in the country that year, and his career average of 44.04 is second-best in school history.

An All-American and a Ray Guy Award semifinalist as a senior in 2005, Koch was a sixth-round pick by the Baltimore Ravens in 2006.

Now entering his 12h NFL season, Koch won a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2012 and was an All-Pro selection in 2015.

Following his All-Pro campaign, Koch signed a six-year $18.75 million contract extension with Baltimore, making him one of the NFL's highest-paid punters.


2. Sam Foltz - 693 votes (26.6%)

Not since the death of Brook Berringer has tragedy hit Nebraska's football program the way the death of Sam Foltz did just prior to the 2016 season.

Before a car crash took his life far too soon, Foltz had emerged as one of the Huskers’ most decorated players on the field and most beloved by fans off of it.

The former walk-on from Grand Island, Neb., earned consensus first-team All-Big Ten honors at punter, and he was one of the leading candidates for the 2016 Ray Guy Award prior to his passing.

Along with his all-conference honors, Foltz won the Eddleman-Fields Big Ten Punter of the Year award after averaging 45.0 yards per punt, two yards longer than any other punter in the league.

He booted 16 punts of 50 yards or longer and pinned 15 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.


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3. Kyle Larson - 380 votes (14.6%)

Kyle Larson took home both first-team All-American and first-team All Big 12 honors with his dazzling senior season, setting the school record by averaging 45.12 yards per punt.

That included an 80-yard bomb he had against Texas in 2003, the third-longest punt in NU history.

Larson's 195 career punts are the most in program history, and he placed 66 of those boots inside the opposition's 20-yard line.

Larson signed with the Bengals as a free agent and played five seasons in Cincinnati, even scoring a touchdown on a fake field goal as a rookie. He averaged 42.0 yards on his 379 career punts.

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