“I try to do that ... because I am a small guy,” Finch said. “Taking punishment throughout a game is not really my style, but if I have to take a couple hits, I feel like I'll be pretty good at that.”
Finch will take hits, but he doesn't necessarily seek them out.
That was evident during back-to-back plays last week against Baylor. Early in the third quarter, Finch caught a short Landry Jones pass, made a nice run up the right sideline, then absolutely smashed helmet-to-helmet into safety K.J. Morton. The next snap, Finch ran the ball to the left for a big 13-yard gain, but as defenders converged, he stepped out of bounds before the contact came.
Could he have gotten another yard or two?
Does someone who is 5-7 have to be mindful of self-preservation sometimes?
Make no mistake — Finch is one tough dude. If he wasn't, he would've left football long ago. He would've found a sport where there aren't any guys chasing you who are a foot taller and 100 pounds heavier.
“You've got 6-3, 6-5 linebackers coming at you trying to take your head off,” Sooner running back Brandon Williams said. “So you've got to have that it about you — ‘I'm the best and ain't nobody going to take me down.' You've got to have a little more attitude than a bigger guy.”
“Yeah,” Williams said, “he does.”
No wonder the Sooners have dubbed him “Mighty Mouse.”
“I take that name as a compliment,” Finch said.
As well he should.