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By EDWARD LEE | August 18, 2007
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.
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By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2011
Sam Koch is master of the mundane. Give the Ravens punter a tedious chore and he will excel at it. Give him a boring, repetitive task and he will turn it into his own form of artwork. Whether it's maintaining his back yard in Westminster, playing corn hole in the team's spacious locker room, or dropping the perfect pooch punt in enemy territory, Koch wants to be the best. In order to be the best, he pays an inordinate amount of attention to detail. Ever the perfectionist, it was not uncommon for Koch to keep Morgan Cox, his long snapper, late after four-hour practices in training camp to address their timing on snaps or his own drop technique on punts.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | November 11, 2009
When I introduce myself to Matt Katula and shake his hand inside the Ravens' locker room, he seems surprised that someone wants to talk to him. No one ever interviews the long snapper - and that's what Katula does for the Ravens. On some level, this is understandable. Katula, who towers over me at 6 feet 6, performs the biggest niche job in sports. He launches a ball between his legs, toward the kicker, on field goals and punts. That's it. There is really no equivalent of the long snapper in any other sport.
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August 16, 2010
When Morgan Cox became the Ravens' long snapper for the immediate future Saturday, he estimated he received 80 text messages and posts on his Facebook account congratulating him. But the rookie from Tennessee said he can't remain content with his standing on the team. "People are proud of me, but I take that with a grain of salt," Cox said after Monday's practice at McDaniel College in Westminster. "It's a job. It's not quite college, where I've got the next four years. There's always competition and there's always somebody behind me wanting my spot.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | December 26, 2009
The Ravens have three starters - safety Ed Reed (groin), offensive tackle Jared Gaither (foot) and linebacker Tavares Gooden (groin) - who are listed as doubtful for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh. Reed, who didn't practice all week, ran off to the side with his helmet on before practice. Asked about Reed's recent visit to a specialist, coach John Harbaugh said it was good news because it confirmed the team's treatment. "We have a very good handle on what it is," Harbaugh said Friday.
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July 30, 2010
FIRST TOUCHDOWN On the seventh play of the first full-team exercise, backup quarterback Marc Bulger fired a 15-yard dart to wide receiver Mark Clayton, who hauled in the pass and had the presence of mind to get both feet down before falling out of the back of the end zone. FIRST FUMBLE During another full-team drill, Bulger and offensive lineman Bryan Mattison, who lined up at center, botched an exchange, and defensive tackle Cory Redding pounced on the loose ball. TOO MUCH YELLOW The offense was flagged three times for false starts in the morning session.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@balt.com | January 5, 2010
One day after Matt Katula had errant snaps on two missed field-goal attempts, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said there will be no change in the team's long snapper for Sunday's AFC wild-card playoff game in New England. "No, I think Matt Katula is a quality long snapper in this league," Harbaugh said during his weekly news conference. "We see him practice every single day. We see it in pre-game, we see it in most of the snaps during the game. He'd be the first to tell you he's got to be better in that situation - and he does have to be better in that situation - but he's a really good snapper and he's going to be fine."
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg | kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | November 11, 2009
When I introduce myself to Matt Katula and shake his hand inside the Ravens' locker room, he seems surprised that someone wants to talk to him. No one ever interviews the long snapper - and that's what Katula does for the Ravens. On some level, this is understandable. Katula, who towers over me at 6 feet 6, performs the biggest niche job in sports. He launches a ball between his legs, toward the kicker, on field goals and punts. That's it. There is really no equivalent of the long snapper in any other sport.
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By Mike Preston | December 21, 2009
Forget playoffs. As of next weekend, it's Super Bowl Sunday when the Ravens play the Steelers in Pittsburgh. When NFL officials put the schedule together, they circled Dec. 27 as the key date for both teams. Whichever team wins, there's a good chance it will advance to the AFC playoffs. The other might go into offseason hibernation after Jan. 3, the final regular-season game. The Ravens were having a pretty good day Sunday after losses by the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos.
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By Edward Lee | edward.lee@baltsun.com | December 25, 2009
Michael Oher has tangled with underrated pass rushers like the Indianapolis Colts' Robert Mathis and Pro Bowl players like the Minnesota Vikings' Jared Allen . This Sunday, the rookie, who might line up at left offensive tackle for the third consecutive game, could meet the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year in Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison . But if Oher is anxious about the...
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July 30, 2010
FIRST TOUCHDOWN On the seventh play of the first full-team exercise, backup quarterback Marc Bulger fired a 15-yard dart to wide receiver Mark Clayton, who hauled in the pass and had the presence of mind to get both feet down before falling out of the back of the end zone. FIRST FUMBLE During another full-team drill, Bulger and offensive lineman Bryan Mattison, who lined up at center, botched an exchange, and defensive tackle Cory Redding pounced on the loose ball. TOO MUCH YELLOW The offense was flagged three times for false starts in the morning session.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg | kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | January 8, 2010
It seemed, at least for a few games, that Billy Cundiff had brought some stability to the Ravens' kicking game after he was signed to replace Steve Hauschka at midseason. He made nine of his first 11 field-goal attempts, including the game-winner at home in overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 29. But he didn't finish the season particularly strong, converting just three of six tries in the Ravens' final three games, including a 37-yard miss and a 51-yard miss in the regular-season finale against the Oakland Raiders.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@balt.com | January 5, 2010
One day after Matt Katula had errant snaps on two missed field-goal attempts, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said there will be no change in the team's long snapper for Sunday's AFC wild-card playoff game in New England. "No, I think Matt Katula is a quality long snapper in this league," Harbaugh said during his weekly news conference. "We see him practice every single day. We see it in pre-game, we see it in most of the snaps during the game. He'd be the first to tell you he's got to be better in that situation - and he does have to be better in that situation - but he's a really good snapper and he's going to be fine."
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | December 26, 2009
The Ravens have three starters - safety Ed Reed (groin), offensive tackle Jared Gaither (foot) and linebacker Tavares Gooden (groin) - who are listed as doubtful for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh. Reed, who didn't practice all week, ran off to the side with his helmet on before practice. Asked about Reed's recent visit to a specialist, coach John Harbaugh said it was good news because it confirmed the team's treatment. "We have a very good handle on what it is," Harbaugh said Friday.
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By Edward Lee | edward.lee@baltsun.com | December 25, 2009
Michael Oher has tangled with underrated pass rushers like the Indianapolis Colts' Robert Mathis and Pro Bowl players like the Minnesota Vikings' Jared Allen . This Sunday, the rookie, who might line up at left offensive tackle for the third consecutive game, could meet the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year in Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison . But if Oher is anxious about the...
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By Mike Preston | December 21, 2009
Forget playoffs. As of next weekend, it's Super Bowl Sunday when the Ravens play the Steelers in Pittsburgh. When NFL officials put the schedule together, they circled Dec. 27 as the key date for both teams. Whichever team wins, there's a good chance it will advance to the AFC playoffs. The other might go into offseason hibernation after Jan. 3, the final regular-season game. The Ravens were having a pretty good day Sunday after losses by the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos.
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August 16, 2010
When Morgan Cox became the Ravens' long snapper for the immediate future Saturday, he estimated he received 80 text messages and posts on his Facebook account congratulating him. But the rookie from Tennessee said he can't remain content with his standing on the team. "People are proud of me, but I take that with a grain of salt," Cox said after Monday's practice at McDaniel College in Westminster. "It's a job. It's not quite college, where I've got the next four years. There's always competition and there's always somebody behind me wanting my spot.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | November 11, 2009
When I introduce myself to Matt Katula and shake his hand inside the Ravens' locker room, he seems surprised that someone wants to talk to him. No one ever interviews the long snapper - and that's what Katula does for the Ravens. On some level, this is understandable. Katula, who towers over me at 6 feet 6, performs the biggest niche job in sports. He launches a ball between his legs, toward the kicker, on field goals and punts. That's it. There is really no equivalent of the long snapper in any other sport.
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