LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye suffered second-degree burns on his left leg and received stitches to his head following a car crash Saturday night that took two players’ lives.
Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler were killed in the crash, the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department confirmed Sunday. Their Mercedes sedan slammed into a tree and caught fire in a rural area of Wisconsin.
Delahoussaye, Foltz and Sadler were attending a weekend kicking camp in Wales, Wisconsin, about 25 miles west of Milwaukee.
Delahoussaye suffered second-degree burns on his left thigh, said Dwayne Delahoussaye, his father. Dwayne Delahoussaye spoke to The Advocate on Sunday afternoon from the Atlanta airport, where he was en route to be with his son. They are scheduled to return to Louisiana on Monday.
Delahoussaye also suffered bruising around his chest, but an X-ray ruled out any lung damage.
"Colby is OK," Dwayne Delahoussaye said. "But it’s going to be an emotional roller coaster for him."
"Luckily, he was in the backseat," said former LSU punter Jamie Keehn, a close friend of Delahoussaye's who said he spoke Sunday to the kicker's girlfriend.
Delahoussaye, a senior and New Iberia native, was released from Waukesha Memorial Hospital earlier Sunday. He and his father were slated to stay Sunday night at the home of one of the clinic's leaders, John Kohl. Sadler and Foltz were instructors at Kohl's Kicking Camp. Delahoussaye was a participant, but he was scheduled to serve as an instructor Sunday during the high school portion of the camp, Keehn said.
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"He's in excellent hands with Mr. Kohl and his wife," Dwayne Delahoussaye said. "They're going above and beyond."
LSU confirmed the news, calling Delahoussaye's injuries "minor," and coach Les Miles released a statement: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Sam Foltz and Mike Sadler. We grieve for them. This isn't supposed to happen to young people who have so much to live for. We are so thankful that Colby will be able to return home to his family and friends."
Delahoussaye was in the backseat of the sedan driven by Sadler. Foltz was in the passenger seat of the car, which was traveling westbound on Beaver Lake Road at 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The car lost control on wet pavement, left the roadway and struck a tree.
Speed appeared to be a factor in the crash, the sheriff's department's release said. The car caught fire, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. Sadler and Foltz were pronounced dead at the scene.
LSU begins preseason camp Aug. 4. Second-degree burns are not as severe as third-degree but are more serious than first-degree. They involve the entire epidermis, the top layer of skin, and the dermis, the lower layer, according to multiple descriptions on hospital websites. Second-degree wounds should heal in 10 to 21 days.
Delahoussaye's cell phone was destroyed in the crash, but he phoned his mother, Bridgette, from the hospital at 4 a.m. Sunday. Bridgette called Dwayne, who was with his ailing mother at a hospital in Lafayette.
Delahoussaye's grandmother is battling cancer, and her kidneys began to bleed overnight. Dwayne left the hospital to catch a flight to Atlanta.
"There's a lot going on," Dwayne Delahoussaye said.
Delahoussaye was poised this season to retake the Tigers' starting placekicker job after the departure of Trent Domingue. Domingue announced over the summer that he was transferring because his scholarship was not renewed. He’s joining Texas, he announced Sunday morning.
Trent Domingue will finish his college football career at Texas.
Delahoussaye was the Tigers' starting kicker as a freshman in 2013 and sophomore in 2014. He's most known for setting the LSU record for made field goals to open a career with nine straight. Delahoussaye stumbled late in 2014, and the kickers split time before Domingue won the job last season.
Delahoussaye, a walk-on who earned a one-year scholarship two years ago, did not attempt a kick last season but is 24-for-29 in his career. The Tigers signed a kicker, Connor Culp, in February — a player Miles has said can play immediately.
A handful of LSU players took to Twitter regarding Delahoussaye's condition, including center Ethan Pocic.
Prayers for @ColbyDely and everyone involved in the accident— poc (@ETHANPOCIC) July 24, 2016
The news came a day before Big Ten media day was set to begin. Nebraska officials told the Journal Star that coach Mike Riley and players will not attend.
Foltz, 22, punted for Nebraska the past three seasons. He won the Big Ten's punter of the year award last fall and was on the Ray Guy Award watch list this summer.
Sadler, 24, was a four-year starter at Michigan State from 2011-14. He finished his career second at the school in punts, punting yards and punting average. Sadler was a 2013 Ray Guy Award semifinalist and earned first-team All-America honors that same season.
Delahoussaye posted a photo Friday of himself and other kickers at the camp.