NORMAN — Dominique Whaley arrived Wednesday at the Everest Training Center, hoping to show NFL scouts at Oklahoma’s Pro Day how well he’d recovered over the past several months.
His 37.125-inch vertical jump was the best among the athletes participating, but then came the 40-yard dash and, subsequently, another setback for the former walk-on from Lawton MacArthur.
Whaley pulled up before completing his 40 with a strained hamstring, and was unable to complete any other drills Wednesday.
“It’s just another adversity,” Whaley said. “It’s what made me who I am right now.
“I’m getting more and more explosive. I felt it. I felt like I was really doing good, and I’ve just gotta hopefully show a couple scouts enough that I’m back and ready for it.”
Whaley’s unique journey has been well-documented. He spent two seasons as a backup at Langston before walking on at Oklahoma and earning the starting running back job as a junior, only to lose it when he suffered a devastating ankle injury at Kansas State.
When he came back as a senior, he wasn’t the same and barely played behind Damien Williams and Brennan Clay. The Seattle Seahawks showed some interest in him last offseason, but didn’t sign him after he needed another ankle surgery.
Whaley completed his bachelor’s degree, though, within the last year and is currently working at the Devon Boathouse in Oklahoma City.
“Just living that normal life,” Whaley said. “Working and training, that’s all. I finally graduated, got my degree. If I’m not at work, I’m out there training. Lifting weights, running, getting better.”