OU pro day: Roy Finch starts to show NFL scouts that he can be a big-time ball player

Finch, whose OU career was hampered by injuries and work-ethic issues, opens some eyes on Wednesday.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 12, 2014

Coach Bob Stoops and his assistants would never explicitly say why Finch wasn’t seeing any playing time on offense, but the implications were clear: They didn’t believe he was practicing or handling his off-the-field business well enough to warrant playing time.

Finch saw an increase in action as a senior, appearing in all 13 games with two starts and recording 59 carries for 347 yards, but he was still the team’s clear third — or, sometimes, fourth — option in the backfield.

Despite his limited action throughout his college career, though, Finch earned an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in the Los Angeles area and carried the ball 14 times for 61 yards. He also returned a punt 51 yards after juking out of two tackles.

“It was a great experience, just playing with some guys all across the country that played in great programs,” Finch said. “They all were guys just like me, who just wanted to have fun, wanted to compete and get better.”

Finch said he’s been working out in Florida, and at Pro Day, he went through receiver drills in addition to the running back drills to show his versatility and pass-catching skills.

“I just wanted to get myself mentally prepared to have a big day,” Finch said of preparing for Pro Day. “If you think about it and dream about it, everything that you do on and off the field, if you’re doing it for this main purpose, it’s gonna show when it’s time to perform.

“You can kinda tell the people who prepared and were ready to seize the moment.”

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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