The days are getting so low, they can barely vote. 18 Days is all that is left. Guess who is #18 on the roster?.—Alex Ogle
#18, Alex Ogle, RS Freshman, QB
Height: 6' 3"
High School: Jensen HS, Palm City, FL
How'd he get to the Blue™?
A quarterback over 6'1"? What is this devilry? Ogle was a late but welcomed addition to the Broncos 2014 recruiting class. The Broncos had had their '14 QB wrapped up for months with Jalen Greene, but his commitment went wonky after Chris Petersen left (he ended up at USC, go figure and now a wide receiver) and then the Broncos failed to woo two blue chip recruits late in the cycle. All looked hopeless and then BAM!, OC Mike Sanford ventured down to Florida, worked Ogle out and was sufficiently impressed to have Bryan Harsin call and offer him on the spot (at a Steak n' Shake, to be exact). Ogle was under-recruited, but was rated a 3-star by both 247sports and ESPN after throwing for 2,338 yards and 22 TDs his senior season—earning the team's MVP distinction and All-East Coast Regional Elite honors. Ogle also held offers from Florida institutions FAU and FIU.
Being named "Alex," it just works.
Lance Bass circa 'N Sync days
Passed for over 4,000 yards and 34 TDs in varsity career. All-area honors after senior season and was selected to two all-star teams (Florida vs Georgia and Treasure Coast vs Palm Beach County). Four year honor roll student.
Oh boy. Unless you have been inhabiting a remote cave, or under a rock, you probably have heard of a little something called a "quarterback competition" for Boise State. With Finley confirmed that he will not miss a game due to suspension--barring anything unknown surfacing--the top four QBs for the Broncos are a possibility to start against Washington. So what does that mean for Ogle? Per Chaz Anderson: "[E]very quarterback throws a nice ball, that we have. And everyone is confident. And with confidence comes completions really."
That is good news. Every quarterback is showing confidence in their ability. And, according to Sperbeck? "When you run your route, the ball is going to be right there. They all throw a great ball. You don't really have to look who is throwing it. It's just going to be right there." At this point the Broncos should just be able to rotate each quarterback every offensive play, like receivers, and be good. Right?! Is that how this works?
It is encouraging that the receivers have so much confidence in the QB corp. Most likely just their way of being ambiguous enough to keep outsiders guessing, but at least we know that each QB can physically get the ball where it needs to be. But that is what we know now. What we would like to know is what is going to be the separating factor that will let one kid start over another? Including, but not limited to, leadership? Playbook knowledge? Adaptability? Playmaking ability? If these are some of the factors, which quarterback has the right mixture of what?
Ogle was under-recruited coming out of high school and, considering the odd circumstances concerning the recruiting picture at that time, could conceivably start for the Broncos this fall. He appears to be a bit of a dark-horse. Chadd Cripe had a write-up about former coaches and their respective QBs. He had five sentences written about him. Five. At this point, I am rooting for him because he seems to get the least amount of publicity of any of the QBs. I hope he wins it almost out of spite.
(Side note: I actually do not care, necessarily, who wins the QB spot. I trust that not only is the competition fierce enough to "weed" out the best player, but I also trust the coaching staff. They have not made too many poor decisions and they deserve the benefit of the doubt.)
Is he on Twitter?
Kid likes to volunteer!
Habitat for Humanity...Mission Accomplished! pic.twitter.com/wKkNh0AgTG— Alex Ogle (@alexogleQB) July 11, 2015
Completely Made Up Fact
Living in Florida, Ogle often made trips to Disney World. Visiting the Happiest Place on Earth has rubbed off on him. You will not see him down about anything. He even sees the bright side of dropping mustard on his shirts. Annoying as that is!