Rams' Johnny Hekker honors late former MSU punter at camp

Los Angeles Rams punter Johnny Hekker will wear the No. 3 jersey in training camp this month to honor his friend Mike Sadler, the former Michigan State punter who was killed last month in a car accident along with Nebraska punter Sam Foltz.

"Mike was always one of those guys making you better," Hekker said Monday, per The Los Angeles Times. "He was a great, great punter so of course you'd see him hit a bomb and you'd want to hit one as well and you'd see Mike opening up his books and getting into his studies and you'd be like, 'Man, maybe I should be a little more serious about my schoolwork.'"

Hekker normally wears No. 6. Sadler wore No. 3 at MSU, where he was a four-year starter from 2011-2014. He and Foltz were killed in a single-vehicle accident in Wisconsin on July 24 after participating in a kicking camp. Foltz was entering his senior season at NU and was the Big Ten Punter of the Year in 2015. LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye was traveling in the car as well and suffered minor injuries.

Hekker met Sadler before Sadler's freshman year at MSU, and trained with him for five years, per the report.

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