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From what I've read here, I get the idea we don't use Finch because he is adequate neither as a pass blocker nor as a receiver.
So make him an asset in practice this way: Run a drill in which a real receiver catches the pass. Immediately freeze the action. Hand Finch the ball right on that spot. Make the defense try to tackle him in whatever space they have allowed the receiver already. Call it the Tavon Austin Drill.
How about just as a running back? He's good and has good vision.
In my opinion, he's a great change of pace back. I don't think you give him 10-15 carries a game, but I do think he should see around 3-5. He's explosive, and I think you need to find a way to get him touches.
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I think part of the issue is that since he's not a complete back, when you put him in to do the 1 thing he specializes in (carrying the rock), that it telegraphs to the other team the play. Coaches want him to be versatile so that the play calling can remain versatile. Just a guess from a pedestrian observer.
He should see the field-he's explosive. At least 8-12 carries a game or flare him out of the backfield. He was a big asset when he was healthy before. We lost a lot when he was lost to a foot injury. I get tired of this "not a good practice player" stuff. If he doesn't show up-that's one thing. Hard to practice hard when you know you won't be playing. I doubt he's a total loafer. After all, they use him on kickoffs. I'm afraid we'll see him a lot in that role this season. Why? With our defense.
Great point, Kwest. Another thing is that it comes down to a numbers game. You have to get Williams his carries, but you also want Millard getting the ball more, you want to see Ross and Ford get the ball, and don't forget about Finch. It's a good problem to have, but you can't give everyone a significant amount of carries.
don't forget Clay....
I don't know where you heard he wasn't a good blocker. That has been one of the things he was supposed to be really good. I only remember him whiffing on one play against okie state up in Stillwater a couple of years ago.
It is a physical mis-match putting Roy against the DE's and LB's in this league, much less an SEC-type team. If he were a better receiver, you could force teams to get out of stunts and cover him but that is not his game. He is an experiment gone wrong. Stoops was hoping he would be another Percy Harvin but we can all agree that he is not a Harvin clone. Harvin was a WR who sometimes carried the ball. Roy is a RB, who can't catch a pass. And boy is he a tiny receiver to hit with the pass. I think OU thought they were getting a faster player than they got. He does have moves and is good in space but once he makes 'em miss, he can't go the distance. I think the fact that he is such a good KO return man but has not taken one the distance points this out. But he can't break one arm tackles.
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I thought most teams kicked away from him 99% of the time.
That's true but if its only three times a game, he can slip out of the backfield on a pass if they load the box assuming run. There's plenty of things you can do to avoid having him block. Now if you line him up in the slot and have him go in motion for a jet sweep on his only touch, like we did this year then yeah its extremely predictable.
He returned a KO for a TD this past season. Plus, he is a good pass catcher, very good. Not sure where you got that.
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