Following a junior season in which he was limited by an ankle injury, Finley vaulted himself into draft consideration as a senior, setting a Baylor season record with 1218 rushing yards … On the way to his 1218 total, he set a Bears single game record with 250 yards (on 26 carries) against Kansas State … Shows good potential as a receiver out of the backfield.
COACH MARVIN LEWIS SAYS: “Jay was very productive for Baylor, except the one year he was injured. He has the ability to catch the ball and get positive yardage in addition to being a fine rusher. What we were looking for at that point in the draft was a guy who would show some versatility to be a good complement in our offense as we move forward.”
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: CAREER—Played four seasons (2007-10) at Baylor, with 46 appearances and 22 starts … His 2660 rushing yards rank third in school history, his 5.6-yard rushing average ranks second, and his 22 rushing TDs rank fourth. 2010—Averaged 6.2 yards per rush, compiling his school-record 1218 yards on just 195 attempts … His 12 rushing TDs ranked third in Baylor annals … Started all 12 games and earned honorable mention All-America honors from Sports Illustrated … Did his best work in Big 12 conference games, averaging 114.5 rushing yards … Had three straight games of 100-plus rushing yards, against Kansas State, Texas and Texas A&M … His 82-yard rush vs. Kansas State was second-longest in school history. 2009—Battling an ankle injury for much of the season, he was limited to nine games played and three starts … His 370 rushing yards led the team, and he had a 72-yard scoring run vs. Connecticut. 2008—Played 12 games with six starts as a sophomore … Averaged 5.8 yards per rush (149-865) … Rushed for seven TDs and scored two more on receptions … Had the first of his eight 100-plus rushing games with a 10-for-119 performance vs. Washington State. 2007—Played 12 games with one start as a freshman … His 207 rushing yards ranked second on team, and he had a career-high 18 receptions (for 152 yards). 2006—Redshirted (did not play) as a true freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Corsicana (Texas) High, where in two seasons he totaled 2148 rushing yards with 7.2-yard avg. … Earned Honorable Mention All-State honors as a senior from Texas Sports Writers Association, rushing 206-for-1404 (6.8) with 12 TDs … Committed to Baylor prior to the start of his senior season.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Corsicana, Texas … Majored at Baylor in general studies, and earned bachelor’s degree in May 2010 … Two-time member of Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.