More to OU running back signee Roy Finch than meets the eye

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Published: February 3, 2010

Ask any of the commitments from Oklahoma's 2010 recruiting class which fellow signee's highlight video impresses them most.

Chances are, they'll say running back Roy Finch's.

"I watched his highlight tape," said Southmoore defensive back Julian Wilson, "and I've never seen a running back do some of the things he did."

Finch, an electric playmaker out of Niceville, Fla., isn't big at 5-foot-8, 170 pounds.

But he sure can make big plays.

Rated the No. 4 all-purpose back nationally by Rivals.com, Finch put up more than 1,600 all-purpose yards and 25 TDs as a junior. This past season, he totaled almost 2,200 all-purpose yards and 35 TDs while leading Niceville all the way to the state finals.

Finch also shed the label of being too small to shoulder the rushing load. He spent the off-season working on his power and durability, and that came to fruition during the playoffs, where he ran for more than 100 yards in all five games.

In a state title game loss, Finch carried the ball 33 times.

"You always want to prove people wrong," Finch told the Crestview (Fla.) News Bulletin. "I don't mean that as being spiteful, but you want to prove it to yourself. Last year, at the end of the season, they said that I was a scat back and I didn't have the power to run up the middle. I couldn't be in the I-formation.

"I wanted to prove it to myself. That was the most important thing."