FINCH WORKING IN SLOT
Junior Roy Finch's role is expanding beyond running back; the 5-foot-7 dynamo is working with the wide receivers in the slot, and co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said he's doing well there so far.
“It's a lot different playing out on the perimeter than it is playing in the backfield, but he's got athletic ability and quickness and explosiveness, and those are all important things that we want to play at the receiver position,” Norvell said.
Norvell said Finch is working with both backs and receivers in practice.
“He's one of our better players,” Norvell said. “We're just trying to expand his role a little bit and give him an opportunity to get on the field at different spots, and that helps our flexibility in being able to play with different guys on and off the field.”
Norvell was later asked if coaches have begun deciding who the first-team receivers will be for the season opener.
“Nope; we're playing about eight guys right now,” Norvell said. “We'll find out as we go who ends up going where.”
Based on coaches comments, it appears senior Justin Brown and freshman Trey Metoyer are leading candidates to start as outside receivers, with junior Kenny Stills starting in the slot.
“We don't have any kind of depth chart at this point,” Norvell said. “We'll just keep working until we play a ballgame.”
HEUPEL: BACKUP QB DECISION MIGHT COME SOON
After sophomore Blake Bell's impressive scrimmage Saturday, coaches faced more questions Tuesday regarding a time frame for a decision in the race to be Landry Jones' backup quarterback.
Bob Stoops quickly dismissed one inquiry about the competition between Bell and junior Drew Allen, but co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel implied a decision might be coming soon.
“We'll probably make a decision and we'll see how it plays out over the next couple of days here,” Heupel said.
When asked if that meant a decision would be made in two days, Heupel backed up a bit.
“No, I'm just saying the next couple of days, which means a week, two weeks or three weeks,” he said. “That's a very, very vague answer.”
NO TIGHT ENDS STANDING OUT YET
Oklahoma is working with an entirely new group of tight ends, and Heupel said no one has really separated himself from the group yet.
Junior college transfer Brannon Green and true freshman Taylor McNamara, who enrolled early and went through spring practices, were at the top of the depth chart before the summer.
Another true freshman, Sam Grant, and converted defensive end Geneo Grissom, a sophomore, are also in the mix.
“They're continuing to grow and competing,” Heupel said.
“I can't say that there's one guy you hand the position to at this point and you feel like he's going to be the guy that you ride all the way home. The reality is all those guys are going to have to play a role.”
JOHNSON EXPECTED TO FLIP BETWEEN TACKLE SPOTS
Senior offensive tackle Lane Johnson, who started last season, is still battling to earn the starting left tackle spot for 2012 with sophomore Tyrus Thompson.
Thompson seems to hold a slight edge, but assistant coach Bruce Kittle said Johnson's role could be one where he switches between the right and left tackle spots to relieve Thompson and Daryl Williams.
“What we want to do is have a three-man rotation,” Kittle said. “With Lane having played right tackle last year, he's probably the guy who's going to flip for us. Ty will be left side; Daryl will play right. Lane, whether he's starting or not, will take one off and then flip over to right to give the other guy a break.
“We're really fortunate to have that. Those guys are doing a great job.”