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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2013
The Ravens have a new cast of characters on their coverage teams in 2013, but in last week's preseason loss, their punt coverage team experienced the kind of breakdown that plagued them during the playoffs in 2012. In the first quarter of the loss to the Carolina Panthers, punter Sam Koch boomed a deep punt with decent hang time to Panthers returner Ted Ginn Jr., who fielded the punt at his 26-yard line. Gunners Chykie Brown and LaQuan Williams had broken free of jams at the line of scrimmage and appeared to have Ginn contained.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 18, 2014
COLLEGE PARK -  At different points, Maryland's media relations staff is responsible for tracking down Terps players. Some players can be more difficult to find or get in touch with. But Matt Taylor, Maryland's primary media contact for football, says sophomore cornerback Will Likely is not one of them. If Likely is not in class or on the practice field, Taylor says Likely is often just in the Terps' defensive back team meeting room evaluating film. People can see Likely's talent.
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2013
In the second quarter of St. Frances' football game Sunday against Friendship Collegiate at Byrd Stadium, the Panthers showed the value of the old adage “If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.” After the Panthers were forced to punt on their first drive of the quarter, Arizona-bound Jonathan Haden caught the ball and took off. As the Panthers brought him down, he lost the ball and Mike Bell recovered for St. Frances. Flags flew and both teams were penalized - the Panthers for a personal foul and the Knights for a block in the back.
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The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
Terps freshman cornerback Will Likely has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Co-Rookie of the Week. Likely returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown in Saturday's 27-24 overtime win at Virginia Tech. It was Maryland's first punt return for a score since Tony Logan returned one 84 yards for a score against Duke on Oct. 2, 2010. Likely finished the game with 179 all-purpose yards (106 on punt returns and 73 on kickoff return yards). Defensively, he made three tackles and also broke up a pass.
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By Jamison Hensley jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | November 27, 2009
N ot all of the blame for the Ravens' scoring problems should be placed on the offense. Some fingers need to point at the team's lackluster punt-return game, which hasn't put Joe Flacco and teammates in the best field position. The Ravens have the 30th-ranked punt-return unit in the NFL, averaging a paltry 4.1 yards. No other Ravens team has struggled like this one returning punts. The worst ranking in team history is 25th (2006). The lowest average is 7.7 yards (1999 and 2003)
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By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2010
Cornerback Josh Wilson 's game-ending interception and touchdown return was the coup de grace in the Ravens' overtime victory Monday night, but the player who consistently put the Houston Texans in peril was punter Sam Koch . It was Koch's soaring 58-yard punt — along with a 3-yard loss by Houston returner Jacoby Jones — that pinned the Texans on their 9-yard line in overtime and set the stage for Wilson's dramatic interception two plays later....
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
You remember Steve Suter. How could you not? The former Terps standout returned six punts for touchdowns in 2002 and 2003. But I'm guessing what you best remember is this -- he never called for a fair catch. That's a remarkable statistic when you consider that he has more career returns (121), more career yards (1,271) and more punt return touchdowns (the six) than any other Terps player. Suter said he believed it was better to fall forward for a yard or two -- often much more, of course -- than surrender by signaling a fair catch.
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By Edward Lee | edward.lee@baltsun.com | December 5, 2009
One of the reasons the Ravens signed Chris Carr to a two-year, $5 million contract this past offseason involved his proficiency at returning punts. The team - and perhaps fans - finally caught a glimpse of a dividend on that investment Sunday night when Carr enjoyed his best game as a Raven, averaging a season-high 14.2 yards on five returns in the 20-17 overtime win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. "I know that if I keep working and get some space, I'm going to return like I always have in this league," Carr said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2013
It has never been something that the Ravens have had to worry about. From 2006 through 2012, Sam Koch only had two of his 558 punts blocked. However, what hadn't happened since 2006 has now occurred twice in the past six weeks, making punt protection a point of emphasis heading into Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Ravens assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said that the team has addressed the miscommunication that resulted in Koch getting his punt blocked by tight end Ryan Taylor in the second quarter of the Ravens' 19-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers last Sunday.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Staff Writer | November 21, 1993
Sean Landeta will let his numbers speak for themselves.In his first game for the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday after being waived by the New York Giants, he punted eight times against the Atlanta Falcons for an average of 47 yards, including punts of 66 and 62 yards. The 66-yarder was the longest Rams punt in seven years.Yet Landeta wouldn't gloat, even though he seemed to prove he can still punt with the best of them despite the Giants' decision to release him."Most of the time, any punter in the league who gets seven or eight chances, if the weather's decent, will have a good day," he said.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2013
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Maryland freshman Will Likely said last week that he could feel a return for a touchdown coming. But he knew he was running out of chances, and the Terps were seemingly running out of time. "I was getting antsy, 'cause I'm trying to make a play," Likely recalled Saturday. "My coaches told me, 'Just let the plays come to you,' and that's what I did. " After a 37-yard punt return in the second quarter, Likely had a 63-yard punt return for a touchdown to help jump-start Maryland in its 27-24 overtime victory against Virginia Tech.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2013
With each punt that sails out of bounds or bounces into the end zone, the frustration mounts for Sam Koch. The Ravens punter has been through a lot in his eight years in Baltimore, with many more memories worth savoring than ones he wishes he could kick to the curb. But the 31-year-old said this "little rough spot" over the past four games has been the most maddening stretch of his career. "It's one of those things where you don't want to let it show," Koch said Thursday as he stood in a mostly empty locker room, many of his teammates as far from reporters as they could get. Koch has at times displayed the form that made him one of the AFC's top punters, having dropped one punt inside the 10-yard line in each of his past three games.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
You remember Steve Suter. How could you not? The former Terps standout returned six punts for touchdowns in 2002 and 2003. But I'm guessing what you best remember is this -- he never called for a fair catch. That's a remarkable statistic when you consider that he has more career returns (121), more career yards (1,271) and more punt return touchdowns (the six) than any other Terps player. Suter said he believed it was better to fall forward for a yard or two -- often much more, of course -- than surrender by signaling a fair catch.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2013
Problems on offense contributed to the Morgan State football team's 28-14 loss at Howard in a key Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference showdown Saturday. But the special teams had their fair share of troubles, too. The most conspicuous gaffe was the Bears' (2-6, 2-2 MEAC) allowing Bison sophomore punter John Fleck to take the snap, tuck the ball under his arm and scamper 52 yards to the end zone to give Howard a 15-7 lead with 3:02 left in the second quarter. Morgan State coach Donald Hill-Eley insisted that his team was prepared for that play because Fleck had also run it for a 27-yard gain in the Bison's 21-10 win against Florida A&M on Oct. 19. “We knew it was coming, and we put a guy in that position,” Hill-Eley said.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
Terence Garvin tried to curb his enthusiasm, but he had a feeling his name would be called. After all, in the weeks leading up to the NFL draft, the Atlanta Falcons had been constantly calling his phone. The Loyola High graduate had worked out for the Ravens in Owings Mills. And on the final day of April's draft, the Detroit Lions told him to have his phone ready. All seven rounds passed without the former West Virginia standout's name being announced, so he accepted an invitation to try out for the Pittsburgh Steelers at their rookie minicamp.
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By Kristine Henry,
The Baltimore Sun
| October 24, 2013
Local and national media outlets are abuzz over the news that Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler was briefly at a party where underage drinking occurred, and I still can't decide if I'm outraged or nonplussed. As you probably know by now, in June he pitched in with other parents to rent a beach house in Delaware for a senior-week party. Video and photos have emerged of Gansler at the party; he said he stopped by to talk to his son about what time they'd be driving home the next day. The gubernatorial candidate acknowledges not looking into whether there was underage drinking -- which it has now been confirmed was going on -- and today, he said that failing to investigate the drinking was “a mistake I made.” I don't really want to say that I'm not sure what I would have done in that situation because that basically means admitting that if my kids were at a party where I had reason to suspect there was underage drinking, I might look the other way. And that would make me a horrible mom, right?
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,jeff.barker@baltsun.com | September 20, 2009
COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen seems not to have firmly decided on a punt returner. Friedgen first selected sophomore safety Kenny Tate for Saturday's game. But Tate was replaced in the second quarter by Tony Logan and Anthony Wiseman. Tate seemed tentative on whether to catch a punt early in the game and had fumbled a week ago. Tate returned in the third quarter. He made a good running catch on his second return of the half and drew a 15-yard interference penalty on Middle Tennessee State.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | November 9, 1998
There may be nothing wrong with the Ravens that can't be cured by getting the Jaguars, Steelers and Packers off their schedule.The Ravens, who are 0-5 against those teams, boosted their record to 3-1 against their other foes yesterday with a 13-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders.The Raiders came in with a 6-2 record and a five-game winning streak, but they looked like last year's 4-12 team. Maybe they had spent too much time watching tape of the Ravens' 45-19 loss to Jacksonville."Those guys were kind of arrogant," center Wally Williams said of the Raiders, who kept shooting themselves in the foot.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2013
As Ravens reserve safety Anthony Levine sprinted down the field, his eyes locked onto Pittsburgh Steelers return man Emmanuel Sanders. At the time, he didn't know about the positioning of the rest of the Ravens' coverage team or what kind of contact kicker Justin Tucker had made with the ball. All he knew was that Sanders had fielded a bouncing ball 7 yards deep in the end zone and had decided to bring it out. "We were running down, and my mind says, 'I'm going to make this tackle so we would get this stop, and let's go win this game,'" Levine said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2013
It has never been something that the Ravens have had to worry about. From 2006 through 2012, Sam Koch only had two of his 558 punts blocked. However, what hadn't happened since 2006 has now occurred twice in the past six weeks, making punt protection a point of emphasis heading into Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Ravens assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said that the team has addressed the miscommunication that resulted in Koch getting his punt blocked by tight end Ryan Taylor in the second quarter of the Ravens' 19-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers last Sunday.
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