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OU football notebook: Roy Finch in cast with hairline fracture

Freshman running back has good attitude despite injury; OU will conduct a walk-on tryout today at 5:15 p.m. at the Switzer Center
By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, Modified: August 26, 2010 at 3:17 pm •  Published: August 25, 2010

Freshman running back Roy Finch sustained a hairline ankle fracture during last week's scrimmage but could still play this season.

"He's in a cast, walking around best he can on crutches," said coach Bob Stoops. "He has a good attitude. Roy will do well. He'll be back. And we expect him to play. They don't foresee any complications. There's no dislocation."

Stoops said that type of injury usually takes six to eight to eight weeks of recovery but added: "There's no displacement. It's just a little crack in the bone that should heal fine... They may X-ray it in five weeks and it looks good."

Finch turned heads during two-a-days with his ability to make plays in the open field and was vying for playing time behind starter DeMarco Murray and Mossis Madu.

Other injury news

Defensive end Frank Alexander has suffered a sprained ankle. Stoops said Alexander is probable for the season opener but a decision might not be made until next week. Defensive tackle Adrian Taylor is making progress. Stoops said Taylor hasn't been ruled out for Utah State but if he plays it will be limited.

Wide receiver Kenny Stills (groin) has returned to practice. Receivers coach Jay Norvell said Stills, like most freshmen, sometimes plays too fast but is a diligent tape watcher.

"I think he's watched every snap from 2007 and 2006," Norvell said. "He's watched the old Texas games, the championship game against Florida. He's watched the Missouri game. He's learning from other people's mistakes."

Walk-on tryouts today

OU will conduct a walk-on tryout today at 5:15 p.m. at the Switzer Center. Applicants must fill out all forms, including medical forms at, and return them to trainer Scott Anderson at the Switzer Center. Registration closes at noon.

Applicants must be full-time OU students for the fall semester (12 credit hours). All participants should be dressed appropriately and bring both cleats and flat tennis shoes. Questions should be directed to Merv Johnson (405) 325-2345.

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