Sooners get a pair of starters back

March, 22, 2011
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Oklahoma running back Roy Finch missed the Fiesta Bowl after suffering a stress fracture on his left foot during bowl practices, but he's expected to be back for spring.

At his pre-spring practice press conference on Monday, coach Bob Stoops didn't expound on his plans for Finch, but said the 5-foot-8, 180-pound sophomore was "expected to go."

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Nelson Chenault/US PresswireRoy Finch is expcected to be Oklahoma's No. 1 running back next season.
That's big news for the Sooners and Finch, who is expected to be Oklahoma's featured back after DeMarco Murray handled those duties in 2010. Finch missed the first five games of his freshman season last year with a similar injury, but made a big entrance in conference play by averaging six yards per carry in his first three games, which featured 35 Finch carries.

His production slowed slightly late in his first season, but he showed plenty of promise. These durability issues likely free up carries for other backs like Brennan Clay or Brandon Williams, who opened the spring at Nos. 1 and 2 on the depth chart, but Finch gives the Sooners a home-run threat that few teams in the Big 12 have.

Defensive end Ronnell Lewis suffered a scary injury in the Fiesta Bowl and had to be carted off, but he's healthy as well and ready to go for spring. He suffered a neck injury and a concussion and spent two nights in the hospital back in Phoenix after the game.

"We want to be smart with how much we give him," Stoops told reporters on Monday. "But right now, he went through the whole second half of our winter with no problems and is feeling good. He has been cleared to go."

Stoops also weighed in on his team's use of social media, which has made mild headlines in recent weeks. Current players like Tony Jefferson, Kenny Stills and Landry Jones are some of the team's players who have developed a few of the biggest Twitter followings.

Stoops currently doesn't have a policy regarding use of Twitter and Facebook, but that will change soon.

"I’m going to have one,” he told reporters. “Guys that don’t know what they’re doing need to have it taken away. It’s hard to believe they don’t get it. They still think they’re at East Handkerchief High School, where no one cares. And that’s not the case. The ones that don’t know what they’re doing are going to have it taken away."

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