COLUMBUS, OH – OCTOBER 26: Quarterback Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes passes in the first half as Mike Hull #43 of the Penn State Nittany Lions closes in at Ohio Stadium on October 26, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Penn State 63-14. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
As the Michigan State and Nebraska football communities come to grips with the loss of their loved ones, there’s an LSU player who very well could be coming to grips with survivor’s remorse.
On their way home from a kicking camp Saturday night, Cornhuskers punter Sam Foltz and ex-Spartans punter Mike Sadler were killed in a car accident as they were driving through a severe thunderstorm in Wisconsin. Additionally, LSU placekicker Colby Delahoussaye, a backseat passenger in the Mercedes driven by Sadler, was injured in the crash that claimed the players’ lives.
Delahoussaye sustained burns to his legs and lacerations that required stitches, but it’s the former injury that’s being credited with saving his life.
“All he remembers is that the fire was burning his leg and that woke him up,” Dwayne Delahoussaye, told the Baton Rouge Advocate. “He was knocked unconscious. The burning sensation revived him. That’s all he remembers. He doesn’t even know how he got out. He doesn’t know where he crawled out of.”
The told the Advocate that his son has no recollection of how he escaped. Through his dad, the Tiger kicker also declined to discuss the incident.
The younger Delahoussaye did, though, issue a statement on his personal Twitter account:
— Colby Delahoussaye (@ColbyDely) July 26, 2016
In 2013 and 2014, Delahoussaye, a senior walk-on with the Tigers, converted on a combined 24-of-29 field goal attempts. He was replaced last season by Trey Domingue, who announced earlier this month that he was transferring from LSU after his scholarship wasn’t renewed before confirming this weekend that he’ll be continuing his collegiate playing career at Texas.
It’s unknown if Delahoussaye will be healthy enough to participate in the start of summer camp, which kicks off early next month.
As for celebrating the lives of of Foltz and Sadler, the two football programs both announced arrangements Tuesday.
— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) July 26, 2016
MSU will celebrate the life of Mike Sadler on Sunday (July 31) at 3 p.m. in Spartan Stadium. The public is welcome. Additional details TBA.
— Spartan Football (@MSU_Football) July 26, 2016
Marvin Robinson was never able to make it to the Big Ten to start his collegiate career, but now it appears he’ll get that opportunity in the SEC.
On Kentucky’s official online roster, Robinson is now listed as a wide receiver for the Wildcats. According to John Hale of the Louisville Courier-Journal, Robinson, at least initially, will be a walk-on on Mark Stoops‘ squad.
Robinson had been a verbal commitment to Wisconsin and was set to sign with the Badgers in February of 2015. However, the Fort Lauderdale product failed to qualify academically at UW.
The 6-4, 175-pounder sat out the 2015 season, so he’ll be eligible to play immediately in 2016. Whether seeing the field actually comes to fruition remains to be seen as the Wildcats return five wide receivers who caught at least 10 passes in 2015, including the top four on the team in receptions and receiving yards — Dorian Baker (55-608), Garrett Johnson (46-694), Jeff Badet (29-430) and Blake Bone (20-210). Ryan Timmons (12-114) is the fifth, with those five also accounting for nine of the team’s 10 touchdown receptions on the season.
Robinson was a three-star 2015 prospect who was rated as the No. 146 receiver in the country.
Wisconsin will need all hands on deck if they hope to contain LSU’s Leonard Fournette in the 2016 opener at Lambeau field. Unfortunately for the Badgers, a key hand may be unavailable.
A report emerged late last week that T.J. Edwards would be sidelined indefinitely because of a foot injury. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote that “Edwards was seen wearing a walking boot this week and a source confirmed the redshirt sophomore is out” for the foreseeable future.
During the Big Ten Media Days Tuesday, head coach Paul Chryst somewhat addressed the linebacker’s status.
Paul Chryst said in local media session that there isn’t a timetable for ILB T.J. Edwards’ return from an injured foot. #Badgers
— John Veldhuis (@JohnVeldhuis) July 26, 2016
Chryst tells local scribes that there is no timetable for soph. ILB T.J Edwards’ return to the field. Points out he was having great summer
— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) July 26, 2016
The Badgers open summer camp August 8. The opener against the Tigers is scheduled for Sept. 3.
As a redshirt sophomore last season, Edwards started all 13 games.
If you’re the squeamish type, you might want to do your best to avoid the picture that appears in this post.
Mitch Leidner has been dealing with foot issues since the 2014 season, specifically ligaments that he’s torn on multiple occasions. Following Minnesota’s win over Central Michigan in the Quick Lane Bowl this past December, the quarterback underwent surgery to repair the ligaments in his left foot but returned in time for spring practice.
Leidner was one of the Gophers’ player representatives at the Big Ten Media Days Tuesday, and decided he’d share a post-operation picture of his surgically-repaired foot. Again, if your squeamish, look away.
Here’s what Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner endured this offseason. It’s amazing he’s healthy. This photo is likely NSFW. pic.twitter.com/3HmVyb9f0x
— Jesse Temple (@jessetemple) July 26, 2016
As if the photo doesn’t paint this picture, head coach Tracy Claeys acknowledged that the starter was worse off health-wise than the football program let on last year.
“We hid his injuries pretty good a year ago,” Claeys said according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “He was banged up pretty good. The foot injury he had was tough and really limited him.”
Now, though, Leidner proclaims himself, “[p]hysically, I’m in the best shape of my life, by far.” The fifth-year senior, projected by some to be a first-round quarterback prospect in the 2017 NFL draft, added that he feels “like I’m throwing the ball better than I ever have before.”