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OU football notebook: Finch, Box expected to play

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: November 22, 2010 at 8:29 pm •  Published: November 22, 2010

Sooner coach Bob Stoops is “optimistic” that freshman running back Roy Finch and middle linebacker Austin Box will both play Saturday against Oklahoma State coming off injuries.

Box twice injured his ankle last Saturday at Baylor. Finch was knocked out after colliding head first with a Baylor defender.

“They practiced today,” Stoops said after Monday's practice. “Roy was a little more limited than Austin was, but he's feeling good. So I'm very optimistic. Austin made excellent improvement yesterday and today and did a fair amount out there today. Unless something changes, I believe they'll play.”

Both Finch and Box delivered strong performances before getting injured.

Finch rushed for 33 yards and a touchdown.

Box sliced through the line of scrimmage on Baylor's fourth-and-1 attempt at its own 33-yard line in the first quarter and wrapped up Jay Finley for no gain, which led to a quick Sooner touchdown.

CARTER FEELING FINE

Having led the Sooners in tackles the past two games, senior safety Quinton Carter suffered a neck “stinger” at Missouri, an injury that hasn’t completely healed the past month. The injury flared up in the fourth quarter at Baylor but Carter said he’ll be close to 100 percent for Bedlam.

“It’s not nearly as bad as it was hurting,” Carter said. “It’s minor. I could have returned to the game but there were only a couple of minutes left.”

Two-minute drill

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