- Jake Trotter, ESPN Staff Writer
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NORMAN, Okla. -- Asked if he should be referred to as a running back or a receiver, Roy Finch said, “Well, I guess both.”
Finch, a running back by trade, has spent most of two-a-days learning slot receiver.
"I'm just trying to work wherever the coaches want me to work,” he said. "I'm just trying to get on the field and make plays for my team."
Finch admitted it has been a struggle at times learning how to read coverages as a receiver. But Finch could be a nice fit in the slot. He has above-average hands for a running back, underscored by his 34 catches last season.
"It's gonna help a lot just knowing that I have confidence in my hands,” he said. "I've been really working hard on that."
Finch believes he’ll still get snaps at running back during the season. He has been OU’s second-leading rusher each of the last two seasons. But with Dominique Whaley healthy again, Brennan Clay and the addition of Damien Williams, the Sooners have plenty of other options in the backfield. Playing slot, Finch said, is an opportunity to get more touches.
"We're a really, really talented group, I feel like, at the running back position,” Finch said. “I feel like everybody brings their kind of style to the game. Big bruisers, we have speed guys, we have guys that can catch, we have guys that can pass protect. I feel like it's going to be a pretty good year for the backs this year."
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