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Ravens punter Sam Koch ranks first in Pro Bowl fan voting

Ravens punter Sam Koch.
Ravens punter Sam Koch. (Lloyd Fox / The Baltimore Sun)

Ravens punter Sam Koch's strong season is getting recognition, as he ranks first in the Pro Bowl fan voting.

Koch is averaging 46.9 yards per punt and has a 43.1 net average with 21 punts downed inside opponents' 20-yard line. He had a 73-yard punt against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night, the second-longest of his career.

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"That's awesome," Ravens special-teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said of Koch's Pro Bowl candidacy. "I think he deserves every vote he gets. He's been a longtime performer for this club with a lot of success as a teammate. It's richly deserved. The other part of the voting is from his peers, and I know he has the respect of his peers."

Koch was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2010.

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The fan voting counts for a third of the Pro Bowl voting with coaches and players' votes accounting for the rest.

"I don't really pay attention to it," Koch said. "It's great and all. It's one of those things just trying to look forward to just working each and every day. Hopefully at the end of the season and the end of the voting, I will be No. 1. Right now, that's all great. I appreciate all the fans' voting. Hopefully, they keep on voting and I stay No. 1.

"It would mean a lot. For all the support I've had from my family and my kids and all the people here, just going out and almost making it a couple of times, winning the fan vote to one year to becoming an alternate, it's one of my bucket lists in football. It would be a great honor."

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