Running back Roy Finch made his offensive debut this season against Florida A&M, and shined. Finch rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown on just five carries. Finch, however, did not enter the game until the fourth quarter. He didn’t play against UTEP because of what the coaches have referred to as poor practice habits.
“We all know what type of talent Roy is. We know the type of explosiveness he can bring to us offensively when you get the ball to him out in space. We saw some of that the other night,” offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said Monday. “Ultimately, we as a coaching staff, teammates, everybody are asking all of our guys to buy in and be disciplined in everything you do and how you approach everything on and off the field because it’s going to show up on game day at some point too.
“As Roy continues to handle himself in a mature way and practice better, he’s going to continue to earn more touches.
Finch had been working at the slot during the preseason. But Saturday, he only played running back. Heupel, however, said Finch continues to practice at both positions.
“He’s got the ability to play multiple positions,” Heupel said. “You see him in the return game, you see him at running back and you’ll see him in the slot as well. He’s got the ability to play multiple positions. He’s unique and a unique talent in that way. As he continues to earn touches, we’ll find ways to get him the ball.”