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Football trio traveled as part of an upper-division sociology course called “Sport and Culture in Ireland.”
by Berry Tramel and Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: July 24, 2013

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, 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.”

STOOPS ENCOURAGES FANS TO TWEET RECRUITS

Stoops isn't the most Twitter-savvy college football coach.

He has a Twitter account but keeps it locked down and uses it primarily to connect with recruits but doesn't use it to engage fans the way his brother, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin or others do.

“I don't have the personality those guys have,” Bob Stoops said Tuesday at Big 12 Media Days.

But Stoops doesn't see social media interaction going away, even though fan interaction with recruits is technically an NCAA violation.

“In today's world, once things get rolling, it's not stopping,” he said.

He later said he didn't know how the NCAA could enforce that rule.

So Sooners fans should start contacting recruits through Twitter, the way Kentucky fans have done?

“I'm pretty sure that's what it means, yeah,” Stoops said. “Hear that OU fans? Get on board.”

IKARD IMPRESSED WITH FEO SO FAR

Ikard has been impressed with junior college transfer Tony Feo so far.

“He might be the strongest guy on our team,” Ikard said. “He's close if he's not. He's got a chance to be a special lineman, once (new offensive line) Coach (Bill) Bedenbaugh's able to work with him throughout camp, I think he could help us for sure.”

Feo was a late addition to the class, signing with the Sooners in early May, more than three months after signing day.

Stoops said he was a little surprised a player like Feo was available that late.

“Yes and no,” Stoops said. “It's amazing sometimes where guys all of a sudden finish up and you really like them.

“We're excited to have him with us.”

Feo (6-foot-4, 275 pounds) figures to be in contention for playing time somewhere on the offensive front.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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