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OU running back Dominique Whaley 'cleared to do everything'

by Jason Kersey Published: July 23, 2012

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Monday that senior running back Dominique Whaley has been “cleared to do everything.”

Whaley, a former walk-on, became OU's starter and was the team's leading rusher until breaking his ankle in a win at Kansas State.

He was unable to participate in spring practices because of the injury and it was unclear if he'd be completely ready for the start of the 2012 season.

Stoops isn't able to work with players during the summer, but said Whaley is “out there running and training.”

Still, Stoops said nothing will be 100 percent certain until Whaley participates fully in practices.

“Until you get pads on and make that sudden cut, is he going to feel comfortable doing it and all?” Stoops said. “He says he feels really good and he's working well.”

Whaley rushed for 627 yards and nine touchdowns in seven games last season before his injury.


The status of several Oklahoma transfers remains unclear, Stoops said.

Junior-college transfers Courtney Gardner, LaColtan Bester and Will Latu were all working to become academically eligible. Gardner is reportedly close, but Stoops said “he hasn't qualified yet.”

The coach said he thinks Bester has completed his courses, but “we don't have all the (NCAA Clearinghouse) info yet.”

Gardner and Bester, both receivers, could immediately see significant playing time if they make it to Norman because of inexperience at the position.

The Rivals site reported last week that Latu wasn't likely to reach eligibility and was looking at other options.

Sophomore defensive back Cortez Johnson transferred to Oklahoma from Arizona, and receiver Jalen Saunders joined OU from Fresno State. Both have filed appeals to the NCAA for immediate eligibility and Stoops said both appeals haven't been decided yet.


When Trey Franks, Quentin Hayes, Kameel Jackson and Jaz Reynolds were suspended indefinitely in May, their teammates were shocked, senior cornerback Demontre Hurst said.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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