OU notebook: Bob Stoops passes on Thursday trip to Stillwater

BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, thaney@opubco.com Published: September 7, 2011

Even if brother Mike's Arizona team is playing at Oklahoma State on Thursday, and OU is off this week, do not look for Stoops at Boone Pickens Stadium.

“I only go to Stillwater when I have to,” he said.

Stoops' staff plans to use the weekend to recruit.

FINCH COMFORTABLE AT SLOT

Oklahoma sophomore Roy Finch is listed by the school as a running back, but he continues to talk about his comfort level at slot receiver. Including Tuesday, he has mentioned on more than one occasion that he is more of a natural fit in the slot, where he played in high school.

“I feel like I have a lot more opportunities to make big plays in the slot,” Finch said. “Sometimes the coaches put me in the backfield. I try to make plays whenever I can.”

Finch said he played about 10 or 11 plays in the slot Saturday against Tulsa. He was also the third running back in the game, carrying the ball five times for 23 yards (4.6 yards a carry).

Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Finch would continue to get more opportunities at running back. Just because Dominique Whaley rushed for 131 yards and four touchdowns in the opener does not mean the position is his, Stoops said.

SOONERS START SEASON AGGRESSIVELY

Some were surprised when Stoops opted Saturday to take the opening kickoff when the Sooners won the toss.

“We wanted the ball,” Stoops said, adding that having an experienced quarterback, Landry Jones, plays heavily into the more aggressive logic of receiving rather than deferring to the second half.



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