“He's a great worker,” Stoops said. “He'll do all he can, I know that.”
Whaley moved from Germany to Lawton during his junior year in high school, keeping him under the radar from college recruiters. After playing his freshman year at Langston, he spent a year at home caring for his siblings while his mother and stepfather served in Iraq.
He eventually walked on at OU in winter 2010, turning heads in the Sooners' spring scrimmages. He worked his way onto the two-deep before the 2011 season and had been the backfield's workhorse, carrying the ball 113 times. Sophomore Brennan Clay is second, with 52 carries.
Whaley finished the year with 627 yards and nine touchdowns, both team highs. He scored four of those touchdowns in the opener against Tulsa. His signature run was a 64-yard touchdown early in the second half against Texas.