St. Louis Rams rookie first-round draft pick Robert Quinn works with a tackling sled during NFL football training camp on Sunday, July 31, 2011, at the Rams' facility in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo, right, blocks St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn during the third quarter of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
St. Louis Rams first-round draft pick Robert Quinn smiles as he works near a tackling sled during NFL football training camp Sunday, July 31, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis defensive end Robert Quinn still remembers the first big hit of his college career at North Carolina.
Now, the Rams' first-round draft choice has a professional memory to hold on to.
Quinn recorded one of the hardest hits of the night on Saturday as St. Louis rolled to a 33-10 win over Indianapolis in the exhibition opener for both teams.
Late in the second quarter, Quinn muscled into the Colts backfield and smashed running back Darren Evans to the turf for a two-yard loss. The sound of the hard contact reverberated throughout the stadium and brought a crowd of 55,461 to its feet.
Quinn, 6-4, 265, recalled a similar hit against Rutgers during his freshman season.