Former OU running back Damien Williams says he harbors no ill will toward Sooners coach Bob Stoops, who dismissed Williams in November after multiple team rules violations.
“It was great,” Williams said after participating in OU’s Pro Day on Wednesday. “Being able to come back after the situation that happened was great, and me and Coach Stoops talked and there’s no hard feelings. He let me come back and do the Pro Day. I feel great.”
Williams, a San Diego native, transferred to OU from an Arizona junior college before his junior season in 2012. He was the Sooners’ leading rusher that year but was suspended for the Sooners’ third game of his senior season against Tulsa.
He was suspended again for Oklahoma’s game at Kansas State in late November and removed from the team after that, finishing his OU career with 1,499 yards and 18 touchdowns rushing.
Williams didn’t elaborate when asked about his dismissal, only saying: “It was just a school rule. I didn’t abide by the rules. If you don’t abide by the rules you have to go.”
He was still invited to the NFL Scouting Combine last month and ran a 4.45 in the 40-yard dash, which ranked fourth among running backs at the event.
COLVIN EYES APRIL 23 RETURN TO SPRINTING
Former Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin plans to be sprinting on the field again by April 23 — roughly three weeks before the 2014 NFL Draft.
“I’ve been on the treadmill, in the pool, doing squats, leg press, a lot of stuff for my quads, really,” said Colvin, who suffered a torn ACL during Senior Bowl week in January.
Colvin appeared before NFL scouts Wednesday at OU’s Pro Day, but he was obviously unable to participate in any drills.
Asked where he thought he would be drafted before the injury, Colvin said, “I was going first (round). There was no question; I was going first.”
Now, he said NFL teams are telling him to be patient.
The former Owasso High School standout started 36 games throughout his OU career and appeared in 50. He spent his senior season battling injuries, though.
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.
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.”