Whaley burst onto the scene last year as a walk-on, earning four starts and rushing for 627 yards and nine touchdowns before a season-ending ankle injury at Kansas State.
He started OU’s first three games this season, but junior-college transfer Damien Williams passed him on the depth chart and has earned the last four starts.
Williams has scored seven touchdowns this season and leads OU with 581 rushing yards. Within OU’s first five games, he scored on runs of 65, 89 and 95 yards, the latter setting a Red River Rivalry record Oct. 13 in the Cotton Bowl.
Even junior backup Brennan Clay has gotten carries in the last two games, with Whaley standing on the sideline.
“He’s fine,” Stoops said when asked if Whaley’s ankle was still a problem. “He’s been doing well.
“I think some of the reason we’ve gone more with Damien is the success he’s had. Dom’s fine. He’s practicing. He’s as good as he can be.”