Oklahoma sophomore running back Roy Finch knew his opportunity was going to come. Despite not seeing the field for most of the first half of the season, Finch tried to stay positive.
It’s working as not only is Finch seeing more time on the field, but he earned the Lunch Pail award last week. The award is given to the player who prepares best for the week.
“It’s my first award, and I'd rather have that than the Most Explosive award or something like that because it’s about preparation,” Finch said. “The preparation award is one of the most fulfilling awards you can get as a player.”
Finch was already starting to become a bigger part of the Sooners offense, and he’s going to have to play a bigger role with Dominique Whaley lost for the rest of the season with a broken ankle.
Finch rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown and also had seven receptions for 69 yards in OU’s 58-17 win at Kansas State.
“I never doubted myself. I knew I had the talent, but it just took some time,” Finch said. “It’s been tough. I had my days when I was down, but I would talk to my teammates about weathering the storm.
“You don’t want to give up. You have to keep pressing forward and working and the breakthrough will come.”
It says a lot about Finch that he was able to use the constructive criticism from the coaches and make himself better. A productive Finch is going to pay big dividends for OU the rest of the season.