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

By Jason Kersey March 12, 2014
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NORMAN — Roy Finch ran a 4.44 — the fastest of all participants — in the 40-yard dash Wednesday during Oklahoma’s Pro Day inside the Everest Training Center.

The former OU running back also recorded the best time in the three-cone drill and said he’s satisfied with what he’s shown NFL scouts from a physical standpoint.

“I’m just ready to interview well and just show them me,” Finch said. “Not be fake about anything, just show them that I’m a real person and I’m ready to be the best player I can be.”

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Frustrated, confused OU fans might like a little more concrete evidence that the 5-foot-6 dynamo is a real person, too, after spending four years witnessing occasional jaw-dropping, flashy plays, then watching Finch slip back onto the sideline and into obscurity.

Finch arrived at OU a four-star prospect from Niceville, Fla., but an ankle injury prevented him from playing until the sixth game of his freshman season. He reinjured the ankle just before OU’s Fiesta Bowl victory over Connecticut that season, but he finished the year with 398 yards and two touchdowns in limited action.

He entered his sophomore campaign with high hopes, and even landed on the preseason All-Big 12 squad before being overshadowed by walk-on junior Dominique Whaley. After Whaley’s season-ending injury in OU’s eighth game, though, Finch became the starter and finished the season with 605 yards and three touchdowns.

Finch’s junior campaign, though, was a rough one all around. He worked as a slot receiver in the preseason, but quickly fell down the depth chart both there and at running back. He remained as the team’s primary kick returner, but recorded just seven carries and two receptions all year.

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.

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