05 September 2011

Oklahoma Running Back Dominique Whaley: A Wonderful Story

The top ranked Oklahoma Sooners have been looking all offseason for a replacement for departed running back DeMarco Murray. It appears that after Saturday's rout of Tulsa in Norman that they have found their man in junior Dominique Whaley. But the surprising Whaley has a unique story all of his own of how he found himself in this position.
Not many at all had Whaley breaking out as the bellcow for the Sooner offense, considering the fact that the team had a handful of top prospects vying for playing time plus this walk-on. In fact at one point he was a backup running back for an NAIA program and he has not seen the field since 2008 at Langston University in Oklahoma. So how did he get here?
Whaley is the son of two military parents. His first two years of high school were spent on a German military base were he played football. He then returned to America and MacArthur High School in his hometown of Lawton, OK where he was a receiver and defensive back. Langston offered him an academic scholarship and was a backup running back. Personal reasons, he says, were why he left the historically black college and then enrolled at the University of Oklahoma in 2009 and was a walk on and has slowly gotten to this point today where he impressed a national audience on FX with an awesome performance against the Golden Hurricane of Tulsa, rushing for 131 yards and four touchdowns on eighteen carries. If he can continue to get the bulk of the carries for this national championship contender, he shall continue to receiver the national spotlight he is getting for his wonderful story.

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