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Ogletree ‘comfortable’ with surroundings heading into 2nd Yr

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    Ogletree ‘comfortable’ with surroundings heading into second NFL season
    by Chris Goltermann

    http://www.times-herald.com/sports/20140712-alec-ogletree

    Alec Ogletree may have come up short of the fences at a Home Run Derby during a charity softball event held by Rams head coach Jeff Fisher recently, but when it comes to how his play may be affected by new St. Louis defensive coordinator Gregg Williams — the second-year linebacker from Newnan may have hit one out of the park.

    Williams’ style, which described by the former Cougar star defender as “intense,” plays right into Ogletree’s reputation for big plays on defense.

    As a NFL rookie in 2013, the Rams first-round draft pick showcased such potential while recording 117 tackles (though St. Louis’ count is 155).

    The 6-2, 245-pound also forced six fumbles and scoring his first pro touchdown with a team-record 98-yard interception return against Houston.

    “It’s very aggressive. You’re coming after that quarterback every time,” he said on Friday shortly after making a $5,000 donation to his alma mater for improvements to the Newnan High weight-room — an amount that was matched through the NFL.

    “It’s just way more intense.”

    Intense, however, doesn’t mean stressful.

    Always the more reserve half of the Ogletree twins while playing at Newnan [Zander is in his final year at the University of Georgia], Alec admits he’s much more comfortable in his NFL skin as he prepares to head back to St. Louis for the start of training camp on Thursday.

    “It’s like night and day for me from last year to this year,” he said. “You just feel more comfortable because you know what you’ve got to do. You know where you have to lineup. Now it’s just about going and playing.”

    In the last of the team’s eight OTA sessions last month, Ogletree made a pair of interceptions during one workout, showcasing his pass defense skills that initially made him a hard-hitting safety at Newnan and a converted cornerback turned inside linebacker at Georgia.

    It’s also the type of progress that could only benefit a Rams team that went 7-9 in 2013 in the league’s toughest division a year ago.

    “We definitely have a talented group of guys,” Ogletree said. “I think things are coming together slowly but surely.”
     
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    This is the guy Gentlemen the Rams have not had an OLB of his ilk since Isiah "Butch" Robertson!
     
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    Our Patrick Willis. ;)
     
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    Oh boy....
     
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    yeah, he got clocked by Earl Campbell - so what, many did.

    Butch was 1st rounder & starter as a rookie, too. He went on to be a 6 time Pro Bowler and 4 time First Team All-Pro. (only Ram LB in history)

    He played behind a dominate line and made big play after big play. Great Ram & GREAT player - Very accurate comparison Den!

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    I think you might be right...they had some good ones...but no one who really was athletic...Tommy Polley was very similar to him in many ways--except Alec is toughter....Polley was lacking something...remember that interception against Seattle, 50 yards down field...? (2003, I think?)
     
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    OH NO THEY DI UNT, twins named Alec and Zander ?
     
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    I didn't put that together! Kinda clever!
     
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    You're right Oh boy if Olgetree becomes as good as Robertson the Rams really have something special and BTW the Rams won that game with a defense led by Robertson that held Earl Campbell and the Oiler offense to 6 points! But, I know you know that LACHAMP.;)
     
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    Yeah they could have named them Spar and Tucas
     
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    That's not clever, it would be dumb! :whistle:
     
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    Ya think?
     
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    Yeah, he got trucked by Campbell, who didn't?