WHALEY SUFFERS ANOTHER SETBACK
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 failed 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 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.
NELSON RECORDS 23 BENCH REPS
Former OU linebacker Corey Nelson’s collegiate career ended with a torn pectoral muscle in early October, but he showed that the injury is healed with an impressive performance Wednesday.
Nelson recorded 23 bench-press reps with 225 pounds.
“That’s just the rehabilitation that I went through and the focus that I had, getting it better,” Nelson said. “It was second to none. I put my focus into it and that’s what happened.”