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Dominique Whaley suffers another setback with Pro Day hamstring injury

by Jason Kersey Modified: March 12, 2014 at 5:25 pm •  Published: March 12, 2014
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Oklahoma football player Dominique Whaley runs a drill during pro day for NFL scouts at the Everest Indoor Center in Norman, Okla. on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Oklahoma football player Dominique Whaley runs a drill during pro day for NFL scouts at the Everest Indoor Center in Norman, Okla. on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

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.”


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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