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OU pro day: Former Sooners running back Damien Williams has 'no hard feelings'

Williams, who was dismissed from the team in November, said coach Bob Stoops let him come back and participate in Pro Day.
by Jason Kersey and Trent Shadid Published: March 12, 2014

Colvin was a first-team All-Big 12 selection both as a junior and a senior. He finished his career with 234 tackles, five interceptions and 23 pass break-ups.


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.


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.”

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 Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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