Matt Katula

Q&A --

August 18, 2007|By EDWARD LEE

Matt Katula has been the Ravens' starting long snapper since 2005. Along with punter and holder Sam Koch, Katula helped kicker Matt Stover lead the NFL in field-goal percentage with a 93.3 conversion rate last season.

Matt Stover has said that one of the keys to his success is your ability to snap the football to Sam Koch so that the laces are always in the front when Sam catches the ball. How did you perfect that?

It's all about rotation. The ball spins a certain amount of times. We just needed to figure out how many times it spins before it gets to his hands. I just had to get comfortable with snapping at the same speed.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being very strong, how would you estimate the strength at which you snap?

Probably 7 or 8. It was hard, because ... in college, speed is at a premium. ... So I was always just snapping it as hard as I could. It's more about accuracy at this level.

Did you do anything fun during the offseason?

I caddied for [quarterback] Kyle Boller at the celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, the American Century Championship. My wife and I went out there and had a blast. We had never been to Tahoe, and it's the most gorgeous place I've ever been to in my life.

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