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Michael Koenen
P #9
Height:
5-11
Weight:
198
Age:
33
College:
Western Washington
Hometown:
Ferndale, WA
Experience:
11

Quick Stats (2015 PRE):

PUNTS
7
AVG
45.9
LNG
56
IN 20
1
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesPunter
GGSPuntsYdsNet YdsLngAvgNet AvgBlkOOBDnIn 20TBFCRetRetYTD
TOTAL 748 31,964 28,297 70 42.7 37.8 8 82 88 232 49 210 319 2,687 2
2014 TB 16 0 78 3,154 2,929 56 40.4 37.1 1 6 12 17 2 26 32 185 1
2013 TB 16 0 87 3,846 3,333 62 44.2 38.3 0 14 12 19 6 20 35 393 0
2012 TB 16 0 76 3,440 2,880 64 45.3 37.4 1 8 6 22 6 16 40 440 0
2011 TB 16 0 67 3,023 2,697 65 45.1 40.3 0 5 9 24 3 14 36 266 0
2010 ATL 16 0 74 3,014 2,673 61 40.7 35.6 1 6 11 29 5 24 28 241 0
2009 ATL 16 0 61 2,598 2,249 70 42.6 36.3 1 4 10 18 3 17 27 289 1
2008 ATL 16 0 63 2,566 2,437 60 40.7 37.5 2 4 8 25 4 27 20 49 0
2007 ATL 16 0 88 3,824 3,417 63 43.5 38.8 0 5 6 30 5 31 41 307 0
2006 ATL 16 0 76 3,199 2,800 65 42.1 35.9 2 18 6 25 6 21 25 279 0
2005 ATL 16 0 78 3,300 2,882 67 42.3 36.9 0 12 8 23 9 14 35 238 0

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Biography

ACQUIRED BY BUCS:

  • Signed by Tampa Bay on July 29, 2011, as an unrestricted free agent from Atlanta.

ORIGINALLY ENTERED NFL:

  • Originally entered the NFL as a college free agent with the Atlanta Falcons on April 26, 2005.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Played six seasons with Atlanta (2005-10) before joining Tampa Bay in 2011.
  • Has appeared in 160 regular season games, recording 748 punts for 31,964 yards (42.7 avg.) and a 70-yard long, while placing 232 inside the 20-yard line.
  • A kickoff specialist in addition to holding and punting duties, has recorded 715 kickoffs with 269 touchbacks in his career.
  • Has also appeared in two postseason games: one in 2008 and one in 2010, serving on kickoffs and as punter.
  • Holds NFL record, dating back to 1970 merger, with 21 consecutive touchbacks on kickoffs, which he did in 2012.
  • Is Buccaneers’ all-time leader in gross (44.0) and net punting (38.1) average. Also holds top six single-game net punting marks (min 4 punts), including the record of 49.8, set October 16, 2011, vs. New Orleans.
  • His 40.3-yard net average in 2011 set a Buccaneers record by 2.5 yards. Also holds the second-best mark in club annals (38.3, 2013).
  • In 2012, finished second in the NFL and first in the NFC with 58 touchbacks on kickoffs. Led the league with 68.2 percent of his kickoffs resulting in touchbacks, while placing 92.0 percent of his kickoffs in the end zone, which was second in the NFL.
  • Led NFL in 2011 in net kickoff average (45.1) and helped place Tampa Bay second in the NFL in average opponent starting field position after kickoff (20.3).
  • Set an Atlanta Falcons franchise record with five touchbacks vs. Carolina on September 20, 2009, and tied that mark again vs. Carolina in Week 10 of the season.
  • Ranked fourth in the NFC with 25 punts inside the 20-yard line in 2008 while helping the Falcons to a second-place ranking in opponent average starting field position following kickoffs (24.6-yard line avg.).
  • Helped Atlanta rank second in the NFC and second in the NFL in opponent starting average field position with a 25.5-yard line mark in 2007.

2014 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Played in all 16 games, averaging 40.4 yards on 78 punts, with a net of 37.6. Placed 17 punts inside the 20, compared to just two touchbacks.
  • Tied for the league lead in fewest touchbacks, among players with at least 15 punts.
  • Ranked second in the NFL by allowing just 5.8 yards per punt return.
  • Played in season opener vs. Carolina (9/7) and punted five times for a gross average of 44.0 yards, including two inside the 20.
  • Punted one time for 54 yards vs. St. Louis (9/14).
  • Punted seven times for 307 yards at Atlanta (9/18), including two inside the 20 and a long of 56 yards.
  • Placed all six of his kickoffs into the end zone, with five going for touchbacks, in win at Pittsburgh (9/28).
  • Netted 40.5 yards per punt on four punts at New Orleans (10/5).
  • Tallied five punts for 186 yards vs. Baltimore (10/12).
  • Posted a net of 39.6 yards on seven punts vs. Minnesota (10/26). Also placed all four of his kickoffs in end zone.
  • Placed two of his four punts inside the 20 and all four of his kickoffs in the end zone at Cleveland (11/2).
  • Punted three times for 91 yards vs. Atlanta (11/9), with 0 return yards allowed.
  • Recorded a net average of 39.5 yards on four punts, including two placed inside the 20, in win at Washington (11/16).
  • Posted a net average of 37.2 yards on six punts, including one placed inside the 20 at Chicago (11/23).
  • Had three punts returned for 0 yards, only the sixth time in franchise history the team has had at least three punts returned without any positive return yards in a game and the first since 2000.
  • Posted net average of 38.3 yards on six punts vs. Cincinnati (11/30), holding the Bengals to -1 yards on three returns. Also forced Adam Jones’ first fair catch since 2006 after he had fielded 96 punts in a row without one.
  • Recorded season-high net average of 40.7 on six punts, including one inside the 20, at Detroit (12/7).
  • Registered season-high 41.5-yard net average on season-high eight punts vs. Green Bay (12/21).

COLLEGE:

  • Converted 43-of-74 field goal attempts and 143-of-150 PATs in his career at Western Washington University (2001-04).
  • Set school record for career punting average (43.1).
  • Registered 62 kickoffs for 3,702 yards (59.7 avg.) and tied the university record with 19 touchbacks.
  • Named Northwest Special Teams Player of the Year as a senior.
  • Earned All-Northwest League honors as a senior at Ferndale High School (Ferndale, Washington) and was a first-team all-league kicker and second-team punter as a junior.
  • Lettered in basketball and soccer in addition to football.

COMMUNITY:

  • Sponsors the “Koenen’s Kickers” Front Row Fans section to provide a special gameday experience at Raymond James Stadium for local charities.
  • In June 2013, 2014 and 2015 participated in the team’s “Cut for a Cure” charity challenge, having his head shaved by pediatric cancer patients to support the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
  • In June 2015, greeted the Land O’ Lakes High School Special Olympics Soccer Team at practice, congratulating the group on representing Team USA at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, CA.
  • In November 2013, helped distribute donated food to the holiday tent at Metropolitan Ministries, and greeted families while assisting with their holiday shopping. 
  • In March 2013, visited Williston Middle School to help host the team’s NFL PLAY 60 Super School celebration, leading students in football drills and presenting a $10,000 PLAY 60 grant.
  • Spoke to students at Northwest Elementary about the importance of physical fitness, helped present a $10,000 Play 60 grant, and led students through a P.E. class to congratulate the winners of the Play 60 Super School contest in November 2012.
  • Along with long snapper Andrew DePaola and kicker Patrick Murray, purchased more than $6,000-worth of holiday gifts and then delivered them to All Children’s Hospital for the group’s Special Team Santas initiative in December 2014.
  • Along with former teammates Connor Barth and Andrew Economos, hosted the inaugural “Special Teams Santas” outreach initiative, shopping for and then donating more than $6,000 in holiday gifts for the All Children’s Hospital “Wonderland” toy drive.
  • Launched the Michael Koenen Foundation to provide children an opportunity to realize their potential and encourage them to make their dreams a reality through community outreach initiatives including an free annual football camp for Washington youth.

PERSONAL:

  • Married to Devin Koenen, and the couple have two sons and three daughters.
  • Born Michael J. Koenen on July 13, 1982, in Ferndale, Washington.

ACQUIRED BY BUCS:

  • Signed by Tampa Bay on July 29, 2011, as an unrestricted free agent from Atlanta.

ORIGINALLY ENTERED NFL:

  • Originally entered the NFL as a college free agent with the Atlanta Falcons on April 26, 2005.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Played six seasons with Atlanta (2005-10) before joining Tampa Bay in 2011.
  • Has appeared in 160 regular season games, recording 748 punts for 31,964 yards (42.7 avg.) and a 70-yard long, while placing 232 inside the 20-yard line.
  • A kickoff specialist in addition to holding and punting duties, has recorded 715 kickoffs with 269 touchbacks in his career.
  • Has also appeared in two postseason games: one in 2008 and one in 2010, serving on kickoffs and as punter.
  • Holds NFL record, dating back to 1970 merger, with 21 consecutive touchbacks on kickoffs, which he did in 2012.
  • Is Buccaneers’ all-time leader in gross (44.0) and net punting (38.1) average. Also holds top six single-game net punting marks (min 4 punts), including the record of 49.8, set October 16, 2011, vs. New Orleans.
  • His 40.3-yard net average in 2011 set a Buccaneers record by 2.5 yards. Also holds the second-best mark in club annals (38.3, 2013).
  • In 2012, finished second in the NFL and first in the NFC with 58 touchbacks on kickoffs. Led the league with 68.2 percent of his kickoffs resulting in touchbacks, while placing 92.0 percent of his kickoffs in the end zone, which was second in the NFL.
  • Led NFL in 2011 in net kickoff average (45.1) and helped place Tampa Bay second in the NFL in average opponent starting field position after kickoff (20.3).
  • Set an Atlanta Falcons franchise record with five touchbacks vs. Carolina on September 20, 2009, and tied that mark again vs. Carolina in Week 10 of the season.
  • Ranked fourth in the NFC with 25 punts inside the 20-yard line in 2008 while helping the Falcons to a second-place ranking in opponent average starting field position following kickoffs (24.6-yard line avg.).
  • Helped Atlanta rank second in the NFC and second in the NFL in opponent starting average field position with a 25.5-yard line mark in 2007.

2014 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Played in all 16 games, averaging 40.4 yards on 78 punts, with a net of 37.6. Placed 17 punts inside the 20, compared to just two touchbacks.
  • Tied for the league lead in fewest touchbacks, among players with at least 15 punts.
  • Ranked second in the NFL by allowing just 5.8 yards per punt return.
  • Played in season opener vs. Carolina (9/7) and punted five times for a gross average of 44.0 yards, including two inside the 20.
  • Punted one time for 54 yards vs. St. Louis (9/14).
  • Punted seven times for 307 yards at Atlanta (9/18), including two inside the 20 and a long of 56 yards.
  • Placed all six of his kickoffs into the end zone, with five going for touchbacks, in win at Pittsburgh (9/28).
  • Netted 40.5 yards per punt on four punts at New Orleans (10/5).
  • Tallied five punts for 186 yards vs. Baltimore (10/12).
  • Posted a net of 39.6 yards on seven punts vs. Minnesota (10/26). Also placed all four of his kickoffs in end zone.
  • Placed two of his four punts inside the 20 and all four of his kickoffs in the end zone at Cleveland (11/2).
  • Punted three times for 91 yards vs. Atlanta (11/9), with 0 return yards allowed.
  • Recorded a net average of 39.5 yards on four punts, including two placed inside the 20, in win at Washington (11/16).
  • Posted a net average of 37.2 yards on six punts, including one placed inside the 20 at Chicago (11/23).
  • Had three punts returned for 0 yards, only the sixth time in franchise history the team has had at least three punts returned without any positive return yards in a game and the first since 2000.
  • Posted net average of 38.3 yards on six punts vs. Cincinnati (11/30), holding the Bengals to -1 yards on three returns. Also forced Adam Jones’ first fair catch since 2006 after he had fielded 96 punts in a row without one.
  • Recorded season-high net average of 40.7 on six punts, including one inside the 20, at Detroit (12/7).
  • Registered season-high 41.5-yard net average on season-high eight punts vs. Green Bay (12/21).

COLLEGE:

  • Converted 43-of-74 field goal attempts and 143-of-150 PATs in his career at Western Washington University (2001-04).
  • Set school record for career punting average (43.1).
  • Registered 62 kickoffs for 3,702 yards (59.7 avg.) and tied the university record with 19 touchbacks.
  • Named Northwest Special Teams Player of the Year as a senior.
  • Earned All-Northwest League honors as a senior at Ferndale High School (Ferndale, Washington) and was a first-team all-league kicker and second-team punter as a junior.
  • Lettered in basketball and soccer in addition to football.

COMMUNITY:

  • Sponsors the “Koenen’s Kickers” Front Row Fans section to provide a special gameday experience at Raymond James Stadium for local charities.
  • In June 2013, 2014 and 2015 participated in the team’s “Cut for a Cure” charity challenge, having his head shaved by pediatric cancer patients to support the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
  • In June 2015, greeted the Land O’ Lakes High School Special Olympics Soccer Team at practice, congratulating the group on representing Team USA at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, CA.
  • In November 2013, helped distribute donated food to the holiday tent at Metropolitan Ministries, and greeted families while assisting with their holiday shopping. 
  • In March 2013, visited Williston Middle School to help host the team’s NFL PLAY 60 Super School celebration, leading students in football drills and presenting a $10,000 PLAY 60 grant.
  • Spoke to students at Northwest Elementary about the importance of physical fitness, helped present a $10,000 Play 60 grant, and led students through a P.E. class to congratulate the winners of the Play 60 Super School contest in November 2012.
  • Along with long snapper Andrew DePaola and kicker Patrick Murray, purchased more than $6,000-worth of holiday gifts and then delivered them to All Children’s Hospital for the group’s Special Team Santas initiative in December 2014.
  • Along with former teammates Connor Barth and Andrew Economos, hosted the inaugural “Special Teams Santas” outreach initiative, shopping for and then donating more than $6,000 in holiday gifts for the All Children’s Hospital “Wonderland” toy drive.
  • Launched the Michael Koenen Foundation to provide children an opportunity to realize their potential and encourage them to make their dreams a reality through community outreach initiatives including an free annual football camp for Washington youth.

PERSONAL:

  • Married to Devin Koenen, and the couple have two sons and three daughters.
  • Born Michael J. Koenen on July 13, 1982, in Ferndale, Washington.
 

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