News:Roy Finch had five carries for 50 yards and a touchdown in Saturdays win.
Analysis:Roy Finch scored the games final touchdown in the 69-13 route. He also handled kickoffs, returning three for 87 yards. It seems as though coach Bob Stoops tried to get him more involved Saturday as he's still a very exciting player.
News:Roy Finch is hoping for a bump in playing time this Saturday against Florida A&M after sitting most of the game last week.
Analysis:Roy Finch was OU's top option in the running game last year after Dominique Whaley was knocked out for the season. He didn't see any touches last week in a close game against UTEP and looks like he may be the odd man out in a talented Sooner backfield.
News: Oklahoma running back Roy Finch was cited on a misdemeanor complaint of property molestation on Dec. 8.
Analysis: Coach Bob Stoops said he hadn't decided whether or not Finch would be suspended as a result of the run-in with the law, so we'll wait and see.
News: Oklahoma freshman running back Brandon Williams is starting to make some noise, running for 80 yards on 11 carries in the win over Iowa State. He limped to the locker room after practice Monday, but was deemed healthy by coach Bob Stoops.
Analysis:Roy Finch is still the starter heading into Bedlam, but Williams is a guy that's going to continue to play more, so heading into next season, keep an eye out for him.
News: Oklahoma running back Roy Finch left the game against Baylor in the third quarter with an injury and was replaced by Brandon Williams. Finch had 95 yards rushing on the night.
Analysis:Brennan Clay also saw some time for the Sooners, but the freshman Williams had more success in Finch's place.
News: Oklahoma running back Roy Finch is now the go-to guy in the Sooner backfield and is also a threat to catch the ball as he is fourth on the team in receptions.
Analysis: Obviously, the loss of Dominique Whaley is tough for the Sooners, but Finch has proven that he can handle the job last year and this year. He also provides more of a dual threat out of the backfield.
News: Oklahoma running back Roy Finch fell just short of the century mark with 99 yards rushing on 26 carries and a score against Texas Tech. Finch also added 21 yards on four catches.
Analysis: The key number here is the 26 carries. If Finch can lug the ball over 20 times a game he'll remain a fantasy option. And with a banged up receiving corps, look for Finch to get a heavy workload on Nov. 19 against Baylor.
News: With Oklahoma running back Dominique Whaley out for the year, quarterback Blake Bell was introduced in short yardage situations and the Sooners will likely look at other options, like fullback Trey Millard.
Analysis: It will be interesting to see who emerges as the next fantasy threat out of the backfield for Oklahoma. Look for Roy Finch to keep up a nice little hot stretch this week against Texas A&M.
News: Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said that the team will look at a number of running backs to replace Dominique Whaley. He said Brandon Williams will get some looks and that it was beneficial to have Brennan Clay healthy.
Analysis: Don't forget about Roy Finch, who led the rushing attack Saturday against Kansas State and appears to be returning to the same form he was in last season when he was a starter.
News: With Dominique Whaley out for the year with a broken ankle, running back Roy Finch stepped up against Kansas State and had nine carries for 73 yards and a score. He was also a threat catching the ball with seven receptions for 69 yards.
Analysis: Finch was the starter last year for the Sooners, and he may now be assuming that role again because of the unfortunate circumstances. Look to see if he is named the official starter for next week's game.
News: Even with Oklahoma's starting running back Dominique Whaley expected back from the flu, head coach Bob Stoops said both Brennan Clay and Roy Finch will see some action.
Analysis: It will probably depend on how well they perform. Finch is beginning to show signs of life and could step in should Whaley struggle, but we've yet to see Whaley do that this season.
News: Oklahoma running back Dominique Whaley did not play in the loss to Texas Tech Saturday night due to the flu.
Analysis: Whaley did suit up, but was unable to play. With Whaley out, Roy Finch led the Sooners in rushing with 93 yards on 13 carries.
News: Oklahoma running back Dominique Whaley could have a field day against a Texas Tech run defense that gives up 219 yards per game on the ground. Whaley rushed the ball a career-high 30 times last week.
Analysis: Looks like a favorable matchup for the Sooner backfield, which will be getting back Brennan Clay this week and also saw some signs of life from Roy Finch last week before he went out with an injury.
News: Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said that running back Brennan Clay (shoulder) should return this week against Texas Tech. He also said Roy Finch hasn't been ruled out.
Analysis: Clay and Finch both playing would give the Sooners more depth at running back, not that they need it with how well Dominique Whaley has played this season. Finch was having a pretty good game against Kansas before getting hurt, the first extended action he had seen all season.
News: Oklahoma's third string running back Roy Finch will take over in the kick return department while Trey Franks is suspended.
Analysis: As for those who could replace Franks? Head coach Bob Stoops said that Dejuan Miller, Jaz Reynolds and Kameel Jackson could see an opportunity. Finch's chances have been few and far between in the run game, so it's nice to see him get a look at returning kicks.
News: Oklahoma running back Roy Finch led the Sooners in rushing last season but finds himself behind Dominique Whaley and Brennan Clay on the depth chart. Head coach Bob Stoops simply said that "other guys are doing it better" right now.
Analysis: Oklahoma is simply loaded at basically every skill position on offense, and Finch has unfortunately fallen out of favor. Several fantasy owners drafted Finch expecting him to be the guy, but there's still a lot of season to go and Finch's time should come.
News: Oklahoma running back Roy Finch was expected to lead the Sooners' rushing attack this season, but that doesn't seem to be the case as he will be used as a slot back.
Analysis: Finch says he feels more comfortable there and has more space to work with. After Dominique Whaley's performance on Saturday, it's hard not to take away carries from Whaley, but the team also wants to find a way to use Finch's talents, thus the move to the slot.
News: There were three running backs listed as co-starters when Oklahoma released their depth chart on Monday - Brennan Clay, Dominique Whaley and Roy Finch.
Analysis: No sign of Brandon Williams or Jonathan Miller here, which is surprising because both were vying for a starting nod as well. Miller's arrest probably didn't help his cause and I'd expect the exciting freshman, Williams, to see the field against Tulsa in the opener. Whaley, a former walk-on, seemingly came out of nowhere to nab the (co) number one role.
News: During Thursday's scrimmage, Oklahoma running back Brennan Clay stole the show with a 70-yard scamper to the end zone.
Analysis: Clay is vying for playing time with Roy Finch and Jonathan Miller and big runs like this help make a statement, even if it's only during a scrimmage. At this point, it still appears to be a running back by committee situation in Norman with Finch leading the pack.
News: ![CDATA[While The Oklahoman reports that Brennan Clay and Roy Finch are ahead of the Sooner running back pack, it also quotes Bob Stoops singing the praises of Jonathan Miller, whom he says has "really been impressive."
Analysis: There is too much running back talent in Norman to realistically expect any single runner to break free from the rest; this will be a by-committee approach...and wait a shame for fantasy owners.
News: Tulsa World reports that Oklahoma running back Roy Finch (foot/ankle) looks "healthy and really explosive, even for him" as he returns to action.
Analysis: While the term explosive could apply to every single skill player that currently resides in Norman, this is good news as Finch looks to bounce back.
News: Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles made the All-Big 12 Preseason squad as both a receiver and punt returner. Quarterback Landry Jones and running back Roy Finch also made the list.
Analysis: Broyles, already a notable fantasy impact player, will continue to be a "dual threat" if you will thanks to his return ability and could squeeze out an extra touchdown or two.
News: In an interview with Fox Sports Southwest, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops had nothing but praise for freshman running back Brandon Williams saying "Well he's got great power and strength. He's very tough, very competitive. He's got everything you look for... He has a chance to be pretty special."
Analysis: Williams will battle Roy Finch, Brennan Clay and Jonathon Miller for playing time this fall. Given the depth at running back, he could be inline for a redshirt.
News: Finch will miss the Fiesta Bowl because of a stress fracture in his left foot, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: Finch was injured in a non-contact drill during practice Friday. He missed the first five games of the season with a similar injury. He then rushed for 398 yards and two touchdowns in the final eight games.
News: Finch had nine carries for 59 yards and two catches for eight yards in Saturday's 36-27 loss to Missouri.
Analysis: Finch led the team in rushing over teammate Demarco Murray as he struggled to gain any kind of yardage against a stout Missouri defensive line. Murray is the go-to guy though, but once he is gone, Finch is the stud in waiting.
News: Finch sustained a hairline fracture in his ankle during a scrimmage last week and could miss as much as half of the 2010 season, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: Finch, who is currently in a cast and crutches, has "a good attitude," says head coach Bob Stoops, but will be sidelined for at least six to eight weeks. Despite the injury, Stoops says he still expects Finch to see playing time this season - though, until he returns, the Sooners will be a bit short-handed in the backfield, especially in the season-opener, with Mossis Madu suspended. Expect to see the value of Brennan Clay to jump in keeper leagues as a result of Finch's injury. This also might allow former top recruit Jermie Calhoun to get his foot into the door of the Oklahoma running back rotation.
Murray Points to Finch as RB to See Carries This Season
News: Finch, a 5-8, 165 pound true freshman (and four-star recruit) running back, should see some playing time in 2010 at both tailback and out at slot receiver, the Oklahoman reports.
Analysis: Says point man for the Sooners backfield this season, DeMarco Murray, Finch "is real talented" and should play a role this year, especially with questions surrounding Mossis Madu. "He's picking up a lot," Murray notes. ESPN.com points out that Finch has a similar frame as former Sooners running back Quentin Griffin, and, subsequently, should fit in well with offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson's playbook. Still, Jermie Calhoun almost definitely is the top backup runner for Oklahoma, and Brennan Clay is the favorite for the future.