Iowa football honors fallen Nebraska punter Sam Foltz

Aaron Young

Even during Rivalry Week, sportsmanship and compassion for a fellow conference school take precedence.

The Iowa Hawkeyes helped honor fallen Nebraska punter Sam Foltz with a nameplate as well as a jersey.

Prior to Friday's Nebraska-Iowa Big Ten Conference football game at Kinnick Stadium, the Hawkeyes honored former Cornhuskers punter Sam Foltz, who was killed in a car accident this year with former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler. The Nebraska football Twitter account, @HuskerFBNation, tweeted a photo of the area where Foltz's equipment rests, which featured a Hawkeye nameplate as well as a Hawkeye jersey.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said during Tuesday's press conference that there would be private tribute to Foltz before the game in the locker room, and that the Foltz family would be in attendance in Iowa City.

Other football programs around the Big Ten have joined in by honoring Foltz. Ohio State players honored Foltz by placing 27 Buckeye stickers on their helmets; No. 27 was Foltz's jersey number.

Illinois also presented Nebraska with a signed Illini jersey, with Foltz's name on the back.

The conference got into the mix, remembering Foltz and Sadler with commemorative coins.