"It was actually more of a rush DE/OLB role, but we also dropped him in coverage."
As a sophomore, the multi-sport talent was off to an incredible start at the tight end position before succumbing to a staph infection where he ended his season prematurely, missing the last five games of football and the basketball team's first 15 games.
"Then he came back with a vengeance this year playing tight end on offense and safety on defense."
Offensive Stats: 48 receptions, 1350 yards, 28.5 yards per reception, 16 TDs.
"We use him to return kicks and punts also. He returned two punts for TDs -- one came in our playoff game against Crockett -- it got us going."
Will he be used to return kicks and punts again in his final season?
"Hell, yes," Vanover said.
"Guys like that make you look like a smart coach," he continued. "If he's standing by me on the sideline, and not playing in the game, they're going to find someone else to coach this team."
Vanover's a riot, and fun to talk to, no doubt.
While the standout athlete competes in both football and basketball, Finley moves right into track and field immediately after basketball…
"He runs the 200 meters, mile relay and competes in the triple jump."
Moving along to scholarship offers…
While the in-state programs are well aware of who Finley is, officially, offers have not yet made their way to Diboll high school from any of the in-state schools, according to Vanover.
Coach also has two other D-I kids for colleges to check into.
"Nehemiah Simmons is a small, but powerful, running back/linebacker. The other one we have is Jeremy Loyd. He's another linebacker/running back-type. Both of them are being recruited."