Finch: 'I wanted to show them me'

OU's pro day gave Roy Finch a chance to show what he can do in front of scouts. He made the best impression he could.

There might never be a more polarizing Oklahoma football player than running back Roy Finch. Whenever he was on the field, he made jaw-dropping plays and was a highlight waiting to happen.

But he didn't see the field much. Some of it he said was his fault, but a lot of fans were left scratching their heads at the lack of Finch used in Norman.

Because of his limited opportunities, a day like Wednesday was crucial for Finch. He took full advantage of the situation at OU's pro day.

"I definitely had a little bit of jitters and had to calm down," Finch said. "It was a solid day, and I wanted to show I could interview well and show them me. Show them who I am. I'm ready to be the best player I can be."

Ever since the Allstate Sugar Bowl, Finch said he has been working in Florida in preparation for the day. In his training sessions, he was running under 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He was timed at 4.44 seconds at OU.

Although he feels he could have done better, his time was easily the best of the participants, and he hopes it helped turn some heads.

"I knew today was very important and had to prepare like it and mentally prepare myself and have a big day," Finch said. "If you think about it and dream about it and make it your No. 1 goal, you can tell who are the people who came fully prepared."

Finch measured at 5-foot-6 ¾ inches and 177 pounds. He might have helped himself a bit in the bench press, easily doing 22 reps at 225 pounds.

The one thing Finch wanted to show was versatility as he did running back drills and wide receiver drills. He said he wanted to show he could run routes and make the necessary cuts.

"I know it's going to be a challenge, but I'm ready for it," Finch said. "Individual workouts are in April so that's the next step."

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