Newell honored to receive Sam Foltz Memorial Scholarship

September 19, 2018

LINCOLN — Peyton Newell knew Sam Foltz well.They were both Royals fans, so on days the Royals played, they both wore royal blue K.C. hats to Memorial Stadium. They ate lunch together. Dinners sometimes, too, at the training table.So for Newell, a fifth-year senior defensive lineman, to receive the third Sam Foltz Memorial Scholarship last week, that meant a lot.“It’s such a huge honor to have that award and to be able to be acknowledged for everything Sam represented,” Newell said. “He was an honorable man. He was trustworthy, he was a leader, he was amazing on and off the field, and just to be even considered something even remotely close to that is something amazing.”The award began after the death of Foltz in the summer of 2016. Kicker Drew Brown was the first to receive the honor in the fall of 2016. Linebacker Chris Weber was given the award last season. A plaque with Foltz’s face and the honorees is the last thing players see leaving the locker room for the Tunnel Walk. Newell will get his own plaque, which he plans on keeping close by wherever he goes.“It’s something I’ll carry and hold with me the rest of my life,” Newell said. “I’ll put it in my office when I get older, I’ll put it in my room so I can see it every morning and every night. And I’m still in shock. It’s such a huge honor.”Newell, a senior from Hiawatha, Kansas, has been in a steady rotation at nose tackle with senior Mick Stoltenberg and redshirt freshman Damion Daniels. This season is, by far, the most Newell has played. He redshirted in 2014, didn’t play in 2015, appeared in four games in 2016, then recorded two tackles in 2017. He’s not yet recorded a tackle in 2018, but feels he’s playing as well as ever.Rumors circled on message boards this summer that he was going to transfer to Kansas State, but Newell says he never seriously considered leaving.“I think rumors kinda got out just because I wasn’t really playing much, I never really said anything, but it never crossed my mind to leave here,” Newell said. “The way I was brought up is if you want something, you have to go get it. And, I mean, my road here is definitely not what I expected. But at the end of the day, it’s worth it.”

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