CFL: 3rd season
Stamps: 2nd season
Games played through 2017
Regular season: 34 (13 with Cgy. in 2017, 16 with Cgy. in 2016, 5 with Ott. in 2014)
Playoffs: 2 (1 with Cgy. in 2017, 1 with Cgy. in 2016)
Grey Cup: 2 (with Cgy. in 2016 and 2017)
Grey Cup wins: 0
Signed as a free agent on May 9, 2016.
Finch signed with the Ottawa RedBlacks on Oct. 3, 2014, and he played in five games. Ottawa released him on Apr. 30, 2015. Finch signed with the National Football League’s New England Patriots on May 11, 2014, and he was released on Aug. 30, 2014.
(Calgary) Finch played 13 games and had 73 punt returns for 1,200 yards and three touchdowns (avg: 16.4, longest 103), 26 kickoff returns for 696 yards (avg 26.8, longest 55) and one missed-field goal return for 18 yards. He also had 21 carries for 114 yards and 18 catches for 133 yards and a two-point convert. Finch led the CFL in punt-return yards and punt-return average. His 103-yard punt return against Toronto in Week 7 was the second-longest in team history and his three punt-return touchdowns tie the single-season franchise record. Finch also surpassed his own franchise record for most punt-return yards in a season. In the Western Final, Finch amassed 233 all-purpose yards including a 50-yard touchdown run. In the game, he had four carries for 81 yards and one TD, one catch for 15 yards, five punt returns for 59 yards and four kickoff returns for 78 yards. In the Grey Cup, Finch had one carry for 12 yards, one reception and eight punt returns for 44 yards. Finch was suspended for Games 2 and 3 and was on the one-game injury list for Games 15-17. He was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player and was voted a West Division and CFL all-star.
(Calgary) Finch played 16 games and had 71 punt returns for a team-record 993 yards (avg: 14.0, longest: 85) and a touchdown, 43 kickoff returns for 1,060 yards (avg: 24.7, longest: 59) and six missed-field-goal returns for 198 yards (longest: 49). He also had seven carries for 24 yards and two catches for 26 yards. He scored his first punt-return touchdown in the Labour Day Classic as he ran 85 yards to the end zone. Finch played in the Western Final and had five carries for 49 yards, six punt returns for 48 yards and two kickoff returns for 59 yards. In the Grey Cup, he had four punt returns for 44 yards and five kickoff returns for 89 yards. He was on the one-game injury list for Games 16 and 17.
(Ottawa) Finch signed with the RedBlacks on Oct. 3 and he appeared in five games. He had 24 carries for 95 yards and nine receptions for 54 yards.
First CFL game: Oct. 11, 2014, at BC
First punt-return touchdown: Sept. 5, 2016, vs Edmonton (85 yards)
Record-breaker: Set Stamps’ single-season mark for punt-return yards (1,200) in 2017
Honoured: Stamps nominee for Most Outstanding Special Teams Player in 2017
Honoured: CFL’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player in 2017
West Division all-star: 2017
CFL all-star: 2017
Finch played four seasons (2010-13) at Oklahoma and played 47 games including 10 starts. He had 262 carries for 1,412 yards and six touchdowns and added 58 catches for 442 yards and two scores. Finch also saw action on special teams for the Sooners and returned 43 kickoffs for 1,099 yards and one touchdown. The return TD was a 100-yarder and came on the opening kickoff of a 2012 game against Kansas.
In his senior season at Niceville High School in Florida, Finch scored 33 touchdowns including 27 rushing and six receiving. He earned all-state honours in his final two seasons.
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