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.
Head Coach Marvin Lewis addresses the team after their 27-10 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Game balls were given to Bill Connelly, Bengals Business Manager, who has been with the club for 41 years, and Jack Brennan, the club's PR Director for the past 23 years. Both will be celebrating retirement this offseason.