A major point of emphasis for Koch heading into this season is trying to upgrade his hang time.

That could provide a boost to gunners Corey Graham, a former Pro Bowl special-teams ace, and Chykie Brown.

"He's continuing to develop his hang time," Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said. "We value that in our punt coverage. I think his target lines have been good. Working on consistent hangtime is the thing that he has been really focusing on."

In order to improve, Koch is focusing on how he drops the football by slowing down his delivery.

"The drop is the hard part," Koch said. "Everybody thinks they can go out and punt, but you have to drop it as flat as it can be. It becomes a matter of precision and muscle memory. That way, you can hit the right spot every time.

"I feel like I can have another big year. If I didn't, then I shouldn't be playing anymore."



Sam Koch

Position: Punter

Age: 30

Size: 6-foot-1, 218 pounds

College: Nebraska

Hometown: York, Neb.

Experience: 7th year

Acquired: Drafted in sixth round by Ravens (203rd overall) in 2006.

Career stats: Has averaged 44.2 yards per punt for his career, all with the Ravens. Long punt of 74 yards, 170 downed inside the 20-yard line, 39 touchbacks, 89 fair catches. Three punts returned for touchdowns, including two scores allowed last year. Averaged career-high 46.5 yards last season.

Background: Earned a scholarship after walking on to Cornhuskers' program. Was semifinalist for Ray Guy award as nation's top punter and named Academic All-Big 12 selection. Earned a degree in business administration. Played linebacker, fullback and tight end in high school as well as soccer, basketball and baseball.

Personal: Koch and his wife, Nikki, have three children, Ryan (14), Braxtyn (8) and Kamdyn (6).