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Ogletree steps up quickly in rookie year, leads Rams in tackles,

St. Louis Rams outside linebacker Alec Ogletree (52) celebrates his interception for a touchdown against the Houston Texans with Darian Stewart (20) during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Houston, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

St. Louis Rams outside linebacker Alec Ogletree (52) celebrates his interception for a touchdown against the Houston Texans with Darian Stewart (20) during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Houston, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)  (The Associated Press)

While the St. Louis Rams wait for Tavon Austin to take off, the break-in period has been smooth for their other first-round pick.

Outside linebacker Alec Ogletree has been a big-play guy from Day 1. It was easy to see last week at Houston when he jumped a route, caught the ball like he was the primary receiver and left pursuers in the dust on a 98-yard interception return.

The 245-pound rookie from Georgia also has three forced fumbles and leads the Rams (3-3) with 59 tackles. He's three ahead of middle linebacker James Laurinaitis, who has been the team leader each of his four NFL seasons.

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