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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2010
Sam Koch is close to setting an NFL record, but if the Ravens punter had his wish, he'd rather avoid the mark on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Koch needs just five more punts inside Cincinnati's 20-yard line to tie the league single-season record of 42 shared by the Arizona Cardinals' Ben Graham (2009) and the San Francisco 49ers' Andy Lee (2007). But if Koch is punting, that means the offense isn't scoring, and that's a scenario that Koch said he'd rather see not develop.
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Mike Preston | September 4, 2014
There have been times when the age of prominent Ravens veterans has gotten overlooked because of the infusion of young players. But the older guys are aware. Occasionally the veterans huddle on the field, or in the locker room to chat. "We laugh and joke and talk about it," said Ravens inside linebacker Daryl Smith, "but we all do some form of whatever it is for us to be ready to play. We try to express that to the young guys and see how fast they learn it. You'll learn it one way or another.
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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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September 4, 2014
Edgar Allan Poe once wrote that those who dream during the day "are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. " So it seems entirely fitting that Baltimore can spend the first Purple Friday - or dare we say, Orange-Purple Friday - of September daydreaming of a Ravens-Orioles championship season. Technically, the Ravens can't win a championship in 2014, as that feat was accomplished by some team out of Seattle last winter (coincidentally, a fellow member of the bird family)
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By Matt Vensel | May 6, 2013
Sunday afternoon, Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked if he planned to bring in another punter to press incumbent Sam Koch, who has been Baltimore's primary punter since the Ravens drafted him back in 2006. Harbaugh defended Koch, saying it would be “ pretty tough to find competition ” for Koch and also kicker Justin Tucker. After all, the Ravens had one of the NFL's best special teams units after a subpar 2011 season. "There aren't too many guys that want to come here and kick or punt,” Harbaugh said.
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By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2010
Until Sunday, Sam Koch had never thrown a pass in any football game he ever played — not in the NFL, not college, not high school. So when the Ravens punter threw — and completed — that first pass out of punt formation, it was one for the books. Koch's 13-yard pass play with gunner Cary Williams did not tilt the balance of the Ravens' 26-10 romp over the Miami Dolphins, but it set new standards for punters. First of all, the Ravens didn't call for a fake. Second, it was not automatic that Koch throw the ball just because the Dolphins neglected to cover Williams on the left side of the Ravens' formation.
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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 Matt Vensel | November 12, 2012
Every week, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with the help of Ravens players, from that week's game. Today he looks at Sam Koch's touchdown run on a fake field goal against the Raiders. The intentions of the Ravens have been questioned after they scored on a fake field goal while up 24 points in the third quarter of Sunday's blowout victory over the Oakland Raiders. To their credit, the Raiders didn't whine about the fake, though defensive tackle Tommy Kelly did ask reporters, “Would you run a fake field goal?
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2013
His memory is a bit hazy, but Sam Koch remembers watching his first Super Bowl in his family's home in Nebraska and being entranced by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana. So while sitting down for either Super Bowl XXIII in January 1989 or XXIV the following year, Koch discovered what he wanted to do when he was older. "I always wanted to play football and my goal was to make it to the NFL," he said. "I didn't know whether it would be as a punter or what. At that point, I really didn't have an idea.
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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 Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2014
The Ravens' practice Wednesday was scrapped in favor of a walkthrough and trip to the movies to see Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman in "Lucy. " After the walkthrough, which ended around 12:45 p.m., the team was given 15 minutes to shower and load onto buses for the AMC Owings Mills 17 theater. "We had two really good practices the last two days, and it's been a camp where these guys really have pushed it," coach John Harbaugh said. "Yesterday was a very long practice, so today we focused on the mental part of it. Assignments, alignments, communications and techniques of what we're trying to accomplish.
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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 Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun and By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
Setting the scene: Ravens players took the field just before 8:30 a.m., wearing shorts and shells. The noncontact workout ended around 11:30 a.m. It was a relatively quiet and uneventful practice, with the players undoubtedly appreciating the overcast skies and mild temperatures. Not just a punter: The Ravens have long considered Sam Koch one of the best athletes on the team, and he showed Friday that there was more in his repertoire than just punting. With Justin Tucker getting the day off, Koch and rookie punter Richie Leone were given opportunities to kick field goals.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
Think extra points are more or less automatic in today's NFL? They may actually become just that. In an interview with NFL Network on Monday, commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL is considering a rule change to eliminate the extra-point attempt after touchdowns. This comes after a regular season in which NFL kickers missed just five of their 1,261 PAT attempts, and four of the five misses were blocked. One proposal that league owners are mulling over would give a team seven points after a touchdown.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
This would have sounded crazy a month ago, but as of this morning, the Ravens are two wins away from their third straight AFC North title. They have turned the season around because Joe Flacco has found his groove, his supporting cast has picked up its play and the Ravens remembered how to win close games. But where would the Ravens be right now without the trusty right leg of young kicker Justin Tucker? Well, they would be on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff picture in the AFC. Instead, they are 8-6 and remain on the postseason path after yet another bust-out-the-Rolaids Ravens victory.
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By Matt Vensel | November 13, 2013
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker doesn't miss very often, regardless of his surroundings. He has made 16 straight field goals, one of the longest active streaks in the NFL, and he has made 48 of his 53 career field-goal attempts in the regular season. His 46-yard field goal at M&T Bank Stadium last Sunday was the fifth game-winner of his career. He has missed just three kicks on his home turf in two seasons. But as good as he has been kicking on synthetic surfaces, he has been even better on grass.
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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 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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Mike Preston | November 7, 2013
It was inevitable. As soon as the Ravens endured a losing streak without Ray Lewis, there was going to be a barrage of questions about leadership. But after eight games, the most pressing issue for the Ravens is where are the playmakers? Questions about the offensive line, secondary, quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Ray Rice are legitimate, but the Ravens (3-5) have lost four games by 14 total points. Questions are also pouring in about the team's lack of enthusiasm, focus and intensity, but these wouldn't be areas of concern if the Ravens had some playmakers.
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