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Bob Stoops: Popular running back Roy Finch has improved throughout the offseason, could play bigger role in 2013

by Jason Kersey Published: July 24, 2013
OU senior running back Roy Finch could earn more playing time in 2013. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
OU senior running back Roy Finch could earn more playing time in 2013. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO

Oklahoma running back Roy Finch had a complicated junior season in 2012.

Finch, who started eight games with 196 carries, 1,003 yards and five touchdowns over his first two seasons, barely saw the field on offense last year, recording only seven carries for 62 yards.

Coaches often alluded to off-the-field and practices issues being the reasons behind the speedy back’s lack of playing time in 2012, when he was used almost exclusively as a kick returner.

At Big 12 Media Days, coach Bob Stoops said Finch did a good job working through the winter and spring, and believes he could play a bigger role as a senior.

“I’m not able to be with him through the summer, but some of the grade and academic up-checks have been pretty positive for him,” Stoops said. “That’s a good thing. Hopefully that’s the case. We really like Roy. Always have. He really is a spark. Hopefully that will happen.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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