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Published on NewsOK Modified: August 22, 2013 at 3:09 pm •  Published: August 22, 2013

Finch didn't see the field much last season but returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against Kansas, tying the longest return in Oklahoma history. As a sophomore in 2011, he rushed for 605 yards and caught 34 passes for 296 yards.

Williams said consistency will be the deciding factor for playing time.

"Everybody wants somebody consistent," he said. "Whoever is the most consistent out of all of us - and we're all being consistent right now - coach can't really say and I can't really say. We're all consistent and we're all experienced. It's hard for anybody to say who is going to be that person."

Finch is looking forward to getting back into the rotation after last season, when he had just seven carries for 62 yards - and five of those carries came in the season opener against overmatched Florida A&M. Coaches cited maturity issues when asked why Finch wasn't receiving more playing time and Finch thinks he's grown up a lot during the past year.

"I feel like the middle part of last year, I matured a lot and kind of grew up and became the man that I needed to be, on an off the field, to be that player that I need to be for this team," he said. "It was unfortunate that we already had a running back kind of established and you don't want to stop the flow of the season, whoever is hot at the time."

Finch said he had been "kind of inconsistent in my everyday life" and took responsibility for his reduced playing time in 2012.

Coaches "said if you do what you need to do, you're going to play for us and I trust my coaches, because they've never lied to me," Finch said. "The things that I've done have kept me off the field. It hasn't been anything they've done. So I can't look at them and say I don't trust them, because it was me."

Finch said he isn't worried about playing time this season.

"I feel like the coaches are going to put us in the right spots and kind of give us the touches that we need," he said. "If all of us get 1,000 (yards), we get 1,000. I just feel like we all can do that because we're special players like that. We just have to continue to just work hard and take pride in having the best backfield in the country this year."