NORMAN — Junior running back/slot receiver Roy Finch only played on special teams against UTEP. Many fans were wondering why the junior, who was OU’s second leading rusher (605 yards) and fourth leading receiver (34 catches), didn’t seem to have a place in the offense.
“We play who we feel is set to play the best for us right now,” OU coach Bob Stoops said at his weekly press conference on Monday. “You want to ask why another 90 guys didn’t play? I mean, we play who we feel is set to play. There’s no specific reason from today through the end of the year. Guys play who we feel are in the best position to play at the time. So I’ll repeat that answer from here until the end of time.”
The Sooners didn’t have a problem running the ball against UTEP. They rushed for 205 yards and averaged 5.5 yards per carry. The lack of an offensive punch throwing seemed to be where Finch could have helped. Slot receiver Kenny Stills was the only receiver with a reception longer than 18 yards. Finch averaged 8.7 yards per catch last season.
Saunders will sit out
Junior wide receiver Jalen Saunders will have to sit out this season. Saunders, who transferred to OU in January after two seasons at Fresno State, had petitioned the NCAA to become eligible this season instead of having to sit out two semesters before being allowed to play.
The NCAA denied the request. Saunders will redshirt and have two years of eligibility remaining.
Defensive tackle Torrea Peterson won’t play until he gets an “academic issue” solved, according to Stoops.
“Torrea is with us,” Stoops said. “We’re still working through it with Torrea.”
One positive OU can take away from the UTEP game is that it made it through a game played on a hot summer night with no cramping issues.