NORMAN — The scariest part of Oklahoma's banner freshman class?
The player most impressive in August has yet to step on the field.
Saturday, the coaches say, he finally will.
Freshman running back Roy Finch is expected to make his long-awaited debut after sitting out the first five games with a hairline fractured ankle he suffered less than two weeks before the season opener.
"You are going to enjoy watching him play," said freshman safety Tony Jefferson. "His moves are Reggie Bush-like."
As good as Jefferson and Aaron Colvin and Trey Millard and Kenny Stills have been, none turned heads the way the 5-foot-8, 180-pound cross between Quentin Griffin and Kendall Hunter did in the preseason.
"In two-a-days early, I said, 'Man, that's Quentin Griffin,'" offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said. "The response from (assistants Cale Gundy and Josh Heupel) was, 'That's Quentin Griffin, but faster.'
"He's got a lot of speed and change of direction and suddenness in space. We'll see how he comes back. But he looked awfully good in preseason."
It's unclear just how big an impact Finch will make the rest of the season, considering he just returned to practice last week.
Bell-cow back DeMarco Murray has been commanding close to two-thirds of the carries, while Mossis Madu has sparkled as the No. 2 back.
But the Sooners have a couple of reasons to get Finch involved in the offense.
One, Finch can help this season. The Sooners haven't had a run go for more than 20 yards since the opener against Utah State. By all accounts, Finch is capable of going the distance every time he touches the ball.
Two, Murray and Madu are seniors, which means OU will have a new starting running back next season. Presuming he can stay healthy, Finch appears to be the favorite to assume that role, and will benefit next year from game experience this year.
"He's a guy we think can help," coach Bob Stoops said. "And we do have two senior running backs, and it will help him for next year. All of it together."
So far, this freshman class has been something else. With Finch, it's about to get even better.
"That dude is going to be something special," Colvin said. "I can't really explain his game.
"I'll just let him show you."
Hometown: Niceville, Fla.
Noteworthy: Tallied almost 2,200 all-purpose yards and 35 TDs while leading Niceville to the state finals as a high school senior