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."