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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
Boys' Latin junior Dominic Maggio has orally committed to play football at Wake Forest in 2016. Maggio, a kicker and punter for the Lakers, was an All-Metro first-team selection last season after he averaged 44.7 yards per punt. He placed 11 punts inside his opponents' 20-yard line and thumped a 62-yard punt in a game vs. St. Paul's. "He's so good we're going to have to change our coverage," Boys' Latin coach Ritchie Schell said last season . "Sometimes, he out-kicks our coverage.
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By Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Thinking ahead isn't an option for an undrafted free agent in training camp, especially one competing with a veteran for a team's sole punting job. Ravens undrafted rookie punter Richie Leone began working toward an NFL punting job in college. He kicked and played quarterback at Roswell High in Georgia, and while at the University of Houston began a pro-style training regimen under a former NFL special teams coach. So if he can't unseat incumbent punter Sam Koch during the preseason, Leone will have an even more refined left foot to take elsewhere in search of an NFL role.
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By Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Thinking ahead isn't an option for an undrafted free agent in training camp, especially one competing with a veteran for a team's sole punting job. Ravens undrafted rookie punter Richie Leone began working toward an NFL punting job in college. He kicked and played quarterback at Roswell High in Georgia, and while at the University of Houston began a pro-style training regimen under a former NFL special teams coach. So if he can't unseat incumbent punter Sam Koch during the preseason, Leone will have an even more refined left foot to take elsewhere in search of an NFL role.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
Boys' Latin junior Dominic Maggio has orally committed to play football at Wake Forest in 2016. Maggio, a kicker and punter for the Lakers, was an All-Metro first-team selection last season after he averaged 44.7 yards per punt. He placed 11 punts inside his opponents' 20-yard line and thumped a 62-yard punt in a game vs. St. Paul's. "He's so good we're going to have to change our coverage," Boys' Latin coach Ritchie Schell said last season . "Sometimes, he out-kicks our coverage.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2012
Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo wasn't the only athlete stunned by a letter from a Maryland politician urging the Ravens to silence the outspoken Ayanbadejo due to his support for same-sex marriage. In an open response to the letter written by Maryland Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Democrat from Baltimore County, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wrote that he was "ashamed and disgusted" by Burns' views and characterized the delegate as "mind-bogglingly stupid. " In an expletive-laden letter posted on sports blog Deadspin , Kluwe - who has been similarly vocal to Ayanbadejo as a proponent for gay marriage - took particular issue with Burns' assertion that political views have "no place in a sport.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2012
The battle for Maryland's starting punter and kicker positions got significantly more competitive today. Brad Craddock , a 6-foot-1, 190-pound specialist from Tabor Christian College in Adelaide, Australia, has signed a financial-aid agreement with Maryland, coach Randy Edsall announced today. "Brad is an extremely talented kicker and punter with a very strong leg and excellent hang time and distance with his kicks,” Edsall said in a news release. “We are excited that Brad has decided to come to the University of Maryland to continue his academic and athletic career.
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By JEFF BARKER | September 17, 2008
The big mystery about Eastern Michigan is its punters. The Eagles use three. One of them, Patrick Treppa, is listed as wearing two numbers - 39 and 66. "We've got to find out who's who, to be honest with you," Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said. (For more, go to baltimoresun.com/terpsblog)
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Writer | August 22, 1995
ASHBURN, Va. -- Pete Rodriguez has had an easy task picking his punter in recent years.That's because the Washington Redskins special teams coach has had the Pro Bowl punter the past four years -- Rich Camarillo his last three years with the Arizona Cardinals and Reggie Roby with the Redskins last year.That all changed this year after the Redskins let Roby go to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent because they didn't want to give him a big contract.Rodriguez finds himself with a decision that's too close to call when the Redskins pick their punter today while cutting the roster to 60 players.
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By Edward Lee | October 12, 2012
Amid questions about the Dallas Cowboys' lack of punch on offense and inability to produce turnovers on defense, another significant inquiry involves the identity of the team's punter. Starter Chris Jones has not played since spraining his left knee in the team's 16-10 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 23. Brian Moorman, who punted in a 34-18 loss to the Chicago Bears on Oct. 1, strained his right groin just prior to Wednesday's practice. Neither punter practiced Wednesday or Thursday, but Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said the punt return unit is preparing for either possibility.
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Sports Digest | June 18, 2013
College Football Navy punter Beltran named preseason All-Independent Navy junior punter Pablo Beltran was selected preseason first-team All-Independent by Phil Steele in his College Football Preview magazine. Sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds , junior center Tanner Fleming , junior guard Jake Zuzek , senior kick returner Marcus Thomas and junior punter returner Shawn Lynch were named to the second team. Junior fullback Noah Copeland , senior offensive tackle Graham Vickers , senior defensive end Evan Palelei , senior linebacker Cody Peterson , junior corner Parrish Gaines and junior kicker Nick Sload were named to the third team.
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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 Jennifer Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2013
Prior to being drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2006, Koch played in his native Nebraska at University of Nebraska, where he earned a degree in business administration. He and his wife, Nikki, live in Westminster with their three sons, Ryan, 15, Braxtyn, 9, and Kamdyn, 7. The couple will welcome a daughter this fall. Along with his thoughts on youth football and fatherhood, Koch says that, yes, everyone in his family has one of No. 4's signature “Punters are people too” T-shirts.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
Punter Sam Koch had a costly shank in the fourth quarter Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, a 25-yarder that gave the Browns the football at their 29-yard line instead of pinning them deep. They wound up driving for a field goal. Koch averaged 42.6 yards with a 34.9 net. For the season, Koch is averaging just 44.8 yards with a 37.6 net and has had two blocked. “Sam will be the first to tell you that he's just got to play more consistently in games with punts, especially in critical situations,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2013
They are the three best friends that anyone could have. Sam Koch, Morgan Cox and Justin Tucker are pretty much inseparable. Whether they are taking on Joe Flacco and Michael Oher in a heated game of cornhole, hitting the Las Vegas strip in the offseason, or helping the Ravens win football games with clean snaps and clutch kicks, you rarely spot one member of "the Wolf Pack" without seeing the other two trailing a step behind. "We're all three kind of strung from the same bean and have a lot of fun out there," Koch said.
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Sports Digest | June 18, 2013
College Football Navy punter Beltran named preseason All-Independent Navy junior punter Pablo Beltran was selected preseason first-team All-Independent by Phil Steele in his College Football Preview magazine. Sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds , junior center Tanner Fleming , junior guard Jake Zuzek , senior kick returner Marcus Thomas and junior punter returner Shawn Lynch were named to the second team. Junior fullback Noah Copeland , senior offensive tackle Graham Vickers , senior defensive end Evan Palelei , senior linebacker Cody Peterson , junior corner Parrish Gaines and junior kicker Nick Sload were named to the third team.
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By Edward Lee | January 26, 2013
When the Ravens and San Francisco 49ers meet in Super XLVII on Feb. 3, Sam Koch will get a chance to match his punting skills with one of the top punters in the NFL. Andy Lee is a three-time Pro Bowler who ranks first in 49ers history in punts (790), yards (36,295), gross average (45.9 yards) and net average (39.2). In the regular season, he led the NFL with a 43.2 net average and ranked third with 36 punts inside the 20-yard line. Koch, no wallflower himself with a career-high and franchise-record 47.1-yard gross average and a career-best 40.8-yard net average, has admired Lee's accomplishments from a distance.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer | July 29, 1995
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- One of the higher compliments you can pay Josh Miller is to tell him he doesn't look like a punter.When he is performing his special teams duty for the Baltimore Stallions, no one does it better in the Canadian Football League than Miller, who leads the league with a 47.2-yard punting average. But, at 6 feet 3, 210 pounds, and sporting the bulk that is evidence of a dedicated off-season workout regimen, Miller is just as satisfied with his new physique, and how it departs from the slighter build of the typical punter.
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By Robert Sanchez and Robert Sanchez,The Denver Post | September 14, 2006
Greeley, Colo. -- A backup punter upset with his playing time on the University of Northern Colorado football team was released from jail yesterday, two days after allegedly ambushing and stabbing the team's starting punter in his kicking leg. Mitch Cozad, 21, had "an extreme hatred, competition and jealousy" for the team's starting punter, Rafael Mendoza, according to a report filed by the Evans, Colo., police. Cozad, a walk-on player from Wyoming, was told a week before the stabbing that "Mendoza was out-performing him on the football field" and that he needed to work harder.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2012
The Ravens punctuated Sunday's 55-20 demolition of the Oakland Raiders with a fake field goal that holder Sam Koch turned into a touchdown with 5:40 left in the third quarter. But it wasn't the first time that the team had faked a kick. Koch converted a fourth-and-6 with a 9-yard run in a 33-24 win against the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 20, 2008 and turned an extra-point attempt into a two-point conversion in last year's season-opening 35-7 rout of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh is the Ravens' opponent this Sunday, but there was some criticism early last week that the Ravens didn't show much restraint running a fake field goal against the Raiders despite enjoying a 24-point advantage.
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By Edward Lee | November 17, 2012
Eighteen NFL stadiums still feature natural grass, and one of those stadiums is Heinz Field, the site of Sunday night's showdown between the Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers. With a projected low of 35 degrees Sunday night, punter Sam Koch is hopeful that the above-freezing temperatures will keep the grass inside Heinz Field soft enough to kill punts inside the 20. “When you watched [Monday] night with Kansas City, some of their punts when they hit the ground, they landed soft,” Koch said.
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