Baltimore Ravens punter Sam Koch received the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Wednesday after his surprising “quarterback move” during Week 12 against the Houston Texans.
It was the second quarter. Koch took the snap, but instead of punting, he threw a 22-yard pass to his left to wide receiver Chris Moore, who was waiting along the sideline. Talk about a trick play! This is what the Ravens need more of. Throw the opponents off guard!
This is Koch’s second AFC honor. His first one during Week 16 against the Dallas Cowboys during the 2008 season. On that day, he averaged 52.2 yards on five punts. The team won that year with a score of 33-24, five days before Christmas.
Koch was selected by the Ravens in the 6th round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Two years later, he received his first AFC honor. The awards continued to roll in for this punter. In 2010, he was named to the 2010 All-Fundamentals Team. During Week 10 against the Oakland Raiders in the 2012 season, he scored his first touchdown. That same season in the Super Bowl, he kicked a 60-yard kick that put the San Francisco 49ers out of field goal range. The score ended at 34 – 31. In 2015, Koch signed a five-year, $16.25 million contract with a $4 million signing bonus, which made him one of the highest paid punters in the NFL.
Koch is ranked fourth in the NFL with 61 punts for 2,812 yards. He has broken franchise records in most career punt yards with 38,989 and longest career punt with 74 yards.
At age 35, he does not appear to be slowing down at all. He is part of the Wolf Pack which includes kicker Justin Tucker and long snapper Morgan Cox. All three have been playing tightly since 2012. They have a close bond that helps them achieve their magical feats.