Sam Koch’s first kickoff of the season didn’t go quite as well as he had hoped.
“It wasn’t pretty,” the Ravens punter conceded after filling in for kicker Billy Cundiff in the team’s 24-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts Sunday. “It’s just one of those things about trying to meet the ball. With Billy, he always has that open foot, the soccer style. But as a punter, your foot is always parallel with your body or vertical. If I could work out on those a little bit more, it would probably help out my kickoff game and maybe add another five to 10 yards.”
Koch was handling kickoff duties in the second half as a left calf injury that hobbled Cundiff last week began to rob him of distance in the first half. Koch kicked off just once, launching the ball to the Indianapolis 2-yard line.
Koch said whether he gets another shot at kicking off against the San Diego Chargers Sunday night will depend on Cundiff’s calf.
“That’s the thing. We’re just going to have to see how Billy feels,” Koch said. “He did well today. We’ll just have to see how his calf feels this week and kind of go from there. I’ve been hitting a couple kickoffs every other week throughout the year, so it’s always kind of nice to keep that in the bag.”