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Sam Koch
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No. 4     Baltimore Ravens
Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-08-13) August 13, 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth: York, Nebraska
High School: Seward (NE)
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
College: Nebraska
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 6 / Pick: 203
Debuted in 2006 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Punts     558
Yards     24,891
Average     44.6
Stats at NFL.com

Samuel David Koch (pronounced COOK[citation needed]; born August 13, 1982) is an American football punter for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Ravens in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Nebraska.

Early yearsEdit

Koch attended Seward High School in Seward, Nebraska and played punter, tight end, offensive lineman, and defensive lineman. Also because of an injury to another player, he started a few games as fullback. Along with football Sam played basketball, baseball, and soccer.

College careerEdit

Koch walked on to the Nebraska football team, where he played punter, and later would receive a scholarship before the start of the 2004 season. He did not see game action as a redshirt freshman in 2002, but served as the backup punter. As a sophomore in 2003, he backed up Kyle Larson at punter, but did not attempt a punt. Koch was Nebraska’s punter from 2004-05 after holding kickoff duties for 7 games in 2003. He was named to the 2005 2nd-team Academic All-Big 12 squad and the 2005 Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring and Fall Academic Honor Roll. He racked up a career-punting average of 44.1 yards (with 56 kicks inside the 20 and a long of 84 yards). As a senior, Koch put together the best campaign ever at his position in school history, as he broke the single-season punting average mark with a 46.5-yard average in 2005. The 2005 average bested the previous record of 45.1 yards per punt by former Bengals P Kyle Larson in 2003. Koch’s average ranked 2nd nationally and helped Nebraska to a No. 2 national ranking in net punting (39.9 avg.) As a senior, Koch was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award. In his collegiate finale in the 2005 Alamo Bowl (12/28), Koch posted a 51.5-yard average on 8 punts against Michigan, including 5 punts over 50 yards each. He connected on at least 1 punt of 50 yards or more in 8 of 11 contests and surpassed the 48-yard barrier in every single game. He was the Huskers’ kickoff specialist for the 2nd half of the season and 18 of his 32 kickoffs resulted in touchbacks. In his final 6 games, opponents had just 10 returns totaling 165 yards. In December 2005 he earned a degree in business administration.

Professional careerEdit

Baltimore RavensEdit

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Koch was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the 6th round (203rd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. In his rookie season he played in all 16 regular season games, punting 86 times for 3,695 yards and placing 30 of those inside the 20 which was the 4th most in the NFL. He made his NFL debut at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 10.

In 2008, Koch led the NFL in punts inside the 10 yard line.

A restricted free agent in the 2009 offseason, Koch signed his one-year, $1.545 million tender offer on March 27.[1]

After an outstanding 2010 season, Koch was named to the 2010 All-Fundamentals Team by USA Football and the NFL Players Association.[2]

In a week 10 game against the Oakland Raiders on November 11, 2012, Koch scored his first touchdown on a fake field goal. Koch was the holder for the Ravens.

During the 2012 season, Koch got his first championship title as the Ravens won against the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

Ravens franchise recordsEdit

  • Most career punt yards (24,891)[3]
  • Longest career punt: 74[4]
  • Highest career yards per punt average (44.6)[5]

Pro StatisticsEdit

Punting Offense Defense
Season Team Gms Punts Yards Avg In 20 Long Yards Tackles
2006 Baltimore 16 86 3695 43 30 61 0 2
2007 Baltimore 16 78 3397 43.6 20 64 0 2
2008 Baltimore 16 84 3777 45 34 74 9 2
2009 Baltimore 16 73 3188 43.7 26 60 0 0
2010 Baltimore 16 81 3530 43.6 39.2 60 13 1
2011 Baltimore 16 73 3396 46.5 38.6 63 0 1

FamilyEdit

Koch and his wife Nikki have 3 children: Ryan, Braxtyn and Kamdyn. They live in Westminster Maryland near the former Ravens Training Camp.[6]

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