Koch Named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week

Nebraska senior punter Sam Koch has been named the SBC Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in Saturday's victory over Pittsburgh.

Koch punted eight times against the Panthers, averaging 46.0 yards per punt. Included in Koch's impressive day was a career-long 84-yard punt, the second-longest punt in Nebraska history. The 84-yard boot was Koch's third punt of 70 yards or more this season, making him one of only two players in Husker history with three career punts surpassing 70 yards.

The punting performance of Koch put the Pitt offense in tough spots all afternoon. Five of his eight punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, including four inside the 10-yard line. In addition, the Panthers netted just seven yards on three returned punts for the day, giving Nebraska a net punting average of 42.6 yards in the game.

A candidate for the Ray Guy Award, Koch ranks seventh nationally in punting average at 44.75 yards, while the Huskers are fifth nationally in net punting at 41.25 yards per kick. Through three games, Nebraska opponents have returned just six punts for 30 yards and Koch has placed 11 of his 20 punts inside the 20-yard line.

Koch's honor marks the second conference honor of the 2005 season for the Huskers. Sophomore linebacker Bo Ruud was named the SBC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the season-opening victory over Maine.

Texas A&M quarterback Reggie McNeal and Kansas linebacker Brandon Perkins received the offensive and defensive honors, respectively.

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