Oklahoma football: What about Dominique Whaley?

by Jason Kersey and Stephanie Kuzydym Published: November 6, 2012


photo - OU's Dominique Whaley (8) runs past UT's Steve Edmond (33) during the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and the University of Texas (UT) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
OU's Dominique Whaley (8) runs past UT's Steve Edmond (33) during the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and the University of Texas (UT) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

“I've always said I came here because Ryan was here,” Stills said. “I knew Ryan was a veteran guy that I could learn a lot from.”

That meant catch a lot of passes. And that's what he's done.

A lot of talk this week, though, has centered around how well running back Brennan Clay, another member of the “Cali Trio” — Stills, Clay and safety Tony Jefferson — performed. It's brought discussion of how the guys recruit new players — “Tell them the truth,” Stills said — and how they got recruited.

In fact, the truth is the reason Stills is a receiver in Norman.

“Ryan just told me he needed help,” Stills said about his recruitment visit a few years ago. “He told me straight up that he thought I could come in and help them.

“He wasn't going to lie to me about it. The receiving corps hadn't done too well the year before, but if I came in and dedicated my life to it, I'd be able to come in and help out. That's it.”

STOOPS SCOFFS AT QUESTION ABOUT HOME STRUGGLES

Oklahoma lost two home games in Bob Stoops' first 12 years as the Sooners' coach.

In the last year-and-a-half? Stoops has lost three games — a 2011 contest to Texas Tech and games this year to Kansas State on Sept. 22 and Notre Dame on Oct. 27.

The Wildcats are ranked second in the BCS standings, and Notre Dame is ranked fourth.

“We've been here for 14 years,” Stoops said when asked if it's important to re-establish supremacy at home.

“We've got a decent home record. You're not gonna win every one at home for 14 years.”

Prior to this season, Stoops was 14-0 in home games against ranked opponents.

“All the sudden now we can't win at home? OK, yeah. I don't buy any of that,” Stoops said. “That makes for a good story, but we've lost to two really good teams in two tight games here.”


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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by Stephanie Kuzydym
Reporter
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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