It’s not very often that a non-scholarship football player successfully walks-on at a major university football program and gets to play.
It’s even more seldom that a walk-on becomes a starter for a national champion contending team.
If you haven’t heard of him his name is Dominique Whaley and he is indeed a walk-on running back for the OU Sooners. In just five games he has shown just why the coaches, that regularly recruit some of the finest athletes in the country, have named him their starting running back. DW just has that “it” factor, he is fast, powerful, doesn’t fumble the ball and is a great receiver.
And now he is attracting much more attention after his breath taking touchdown run in the Red River Shoot-Out on national television, even comparisons to the Sooner legend Adrian Peterson. The Sports Illustrated cover is a little disconcerting, having seen what a curse that usually is.
In any event, the Junior RB who is essentially a freshman in terms of experience has brought much joy and a wow factor to Sooner fans, as evidenced in the following video. His explosion of power when he turns the corner and reveals his 4.38 speed is a video I have yet to grow tired of, as well as the last video in his very first game.
I wish this young man every success.