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By Jake Trotter Published: February 22, 2010
Take a glimpse at Roy Finch’s high school highlight video, and you’ll come away thinking the incoming freshman running back might be the next big thing at Oklahoma.

At 5-foot-8, 170 pounds, Finch isn’t big.

But he sure knows how to deliver the big play.

Finch spoke with The Oklahoman about proving to scouts he could be more than a scat back, who he models his game after, and what Sooner coaches have told him about possibly playing next season.

Trotter: The knock on you from recruiting services coming into this year was that you weren’t big or physical enough to shoulder the rushing load. Do you feel like the way you played this past season, especially in the playoffs, eliminated a lot of that talk?

Finch: "My junior year, I had a pretty good year. I went to a lot of summer camps, and that’s where people said I was a scat back. That I didn’t have the physicality of other running backs around the country.

"So I wanted to work on getting stronger in my upper body. Become more physical when I run, but keep my speed. That work in the off-season really helped me out. I was able to get the tough yards, those two- and three-yard runs, instead of just bouncing everything to the outside and using my speed.

"You always want to prove people wrong who say you can’t do a certain thing. I knew in the back of my mind I needed to prove (myself). What I wanted to do was bring more versatility to my game. OU recruited me before my senior year. They saw my junior highlight film, saw I was good in open space. But they didn’t see that physicality. I wanted to show something different. Show that when I come in, I can get that tough yardage. That they can put me in on first down or third down, I’m not just a scat back.”

→I’ve heard people say you resemble Quentin Griffin or Kendall Hunter on your highlight films. Is there any player out there you believe you resemble or try to model your game after?

"I’ve seen Hunter play, saw him play couple a games last year.

Roy Finch
School: Niceville, Fla.

Position: RB

Height: 5-8

Weight: 170

Position rankings: Rivals No. 4 (all-purpose back); ESPN No. 17; Scout No. 20

Noteworthy: Totaled almost 2,200 all-purpose yards and 35 TDs while leading Niceville to the sate finals as a senior


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