August 25, 2006

Finley looks forward to breakout season

Joe Jon Finley enters the 2006 season as a changed man. Finley has struggled to put on weight since arriving at Oklahoma. He's wanted to put on weight to become the type of blocker Oklahoma needs in short-yardage situations. Finley enters the season as physically imposing as ever. Now he wants to make up for lost time by becoming a major part of the offense as a pass catcher.

SoonerScoop.com writer-at-large Jordan Wallace caught up with Finley this week for a brief talk about his expectations and playing with one of the best freshman tight end in the country, Jermain Gresham.

SoonerScoop.com: Do you think that OU will throw more to the tight end this year?
Joe Jon Finley:
I've got a chance. It just depends on how we do. We've got a pretty talented group. We're coming in and we're doing a lot of blocking. We've got a young offensive line so we're trying to help them out with protection, trying to get that firm pocket for PT(Paul Thompson).

SS.com: What have you improved on in the past year?
Finley:
In the past year I've put on about 20 lbs. So more than anything just being able to run block and pass block. It's hard blocking a 280 lb guy like CJ when you're 240. Atleast now at 260 lbs I have a chance.

SS.com: How have you put on all this weight?
Finley:
It's just been a slow process. I try to eat about 6 meals a day. Right before I go to bed I eat two packs of ramen noodles and two protein drinks."

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