OU's depth makes it hard for Roy Finch to crack lineup

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: September 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm •  Published: September 22, 2011

As the favorite to lead the Sooners in carries after DeMarco Murray left for the NFL, Finch said during two-a-days he hoped to get “20 to 25” touches a game. However, Finch has only five touches through two games. He doesn't have a reception.

“Roy will have a big role for us,” said co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell. “He's a very good player. We have a lot of different skill people. We can go a lot of different directions game to game.”

Finch played well in a backup role last season. He rushed for a career-high 92 yards in his debut against Iowa State. He ran for 67 yards against Texas Tech and 59 yards against both Colorado and Missouri.

“We have so much young talent at all our skill positions,” said center Ben Habern. “Roy is still a young guy. He played well as a freshman. He'll get some touches. And when he does, you get him in space and he's hard to tackle. He's so quick.

“Roy has a special skill set. I've never seen a kid quicker than him. He can cut on a dime. It's really unbelievable.”

Habern had plenty of praise for Whaley and Clay.

“Dom and Brennan are doing a great job for us,” he said. “I think coaches are just trying to figure out how to work Roy into the offense.”

Finch wasn't made available to the media this week, but teammates said he's upbeat and working hard to earn playing time.

“He's strong. He's positive. He keeps his faith close to him,” Clay said. “He doesn't let little things get to him. He's going to work hard and continue to do what he needs to do.”

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