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OU walk-on running back Dominique Whaley shines in Sooners' spring game

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: April 16, 2011 at 6:28 pm •  Published: April 16, 2011

/articleid/3559319/1/pictures/1395570">Photo - Travis Lewis (28) and Chuka Ndulue (98) drive Dominique Whaley (31) into the turf during the University of Oklahoma Sooner's (OU) Spring Football game at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 16, 2011, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman <strong>STEVE SISNEY</strong>
Travis Lewis (28) and Chuka Ndulue (98) drive Dominique Whaley (31) into the turf during the University of Oklahoma Sooner's (OU) Spring Football game at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 16, 2011, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman STEVE SISNEY

The other back that stood out Saturday was Clay, who rushed for 59 yards on 12 carries. Finch (20 yards on eight carries) and Williams (13 yards on seven carries) never got untracked.

In The Oklahoman's online poll, Williams easily received the most votes for the player OU fans most wanted to see. But it was Whaley, a relative unknown, who made a strong impression on a crowd of 25,000.

"You guys didn't get to see much of him last spring," Heupel said. "But when he had an opportunity last spring in scrimmages he did a really good job. For him to play as well as he has this spring isn't surprising to anyone in our program."

In a spring game dominated by the defenses, the longest offensive play was Whaley's 45-yard run early in the second quarter. Whaley, 5-foot-10, 197 pounds, burst into the open, shed a couple of tackles and almost took it the distance.

"My first thought was, 'Man, I should have scored,'" Whaley said. "I guess that's how I think. Have to score every play. Can't waste an opportunity."


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