St. Louis Rams: Alec Ogletree Dominates Denver Broncos in NFL Preseason

Dan Irwin@irwinsportsCorrespondent IIAugust 25, 2013

Rams rookie Alec Ogletree stole the spotlight in Denver.
Rams rookie Alec Ogletree stole the spotlight in Denver.Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Making a jump from the SEC to the NFL is no easy task. But don't tell that to St. Louis Rams rookie Alec Ogletree who had a coming-out party in a nationally televised preseason game on CBS.

"It felt great to get out there and play fast and get my first touchdown and first interception," Ogletree said at halftime. "It was a great feeling tonight."

Indeed, the first-year player out of Georgia took command of the game by making huge plays. Despite the fact that Denver quarterback Peyton Manning looked great on paper with 234 yards in the air in his half of the game, it didn't translate into points, as Ogletree was able to make outstanding plays to keep the game in the Rams' favor.

The defining moment, however, came when Ogletree stripped the ball from Denver running back Ronnie Hillman, scooped it up and trotted 13 yards for a touchdown.

The botch by Hillman came a week after fumbling at the goal line against the Seattle Seahawks, allowing Seattle defender Brandon Browner to return the ball 106 yards for a touchdown.

Ogletree's interception came off Manning in the second quarter and was a huge momentum shift. One of his two pass breakups was a near interception in the Denver end zone where Ogletree attempted to bring the ball in with one hand, barely failing to secure it in the end.

He finished the first half with six tackles to cap his breakout performance.

Despite the fact the Rams lost the contest, 26-27, they led at the half, 20-10, with the teams playing their better players. Also of note, despite the fact Rams quarterback Sam Bradford did not throw the ball nearly as much as Manning, he managed a solid 98.4 QB rating, topping Manning's 89.6.

St. Louis wraps up its preseason slate on Thursday, August 29, as they take on the Baltimore Ravens in St. Louis.


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