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Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Dominique Whaley improving after injury

By Jake Trotter

It wasn’t long ago that Dominique Whaley was getting around campus on a scooter.

Now, Whaley is jogging around the football field.

Dominique Whaley rushed for nine touchdowns in 2011 despite missing several games.
The former walk-on, who emerged out of obscurity to win the starting running back job last fall, fractured his ankle mid-season. But Whaley appears to be on track to be ready for two-a-days in August.

“I see him almost every day,” said quarterback Landry Jones. “To me he appears to be ahead of schedule. He's always in the training room working on it, getting his flexibility and power back. He was running the other day on the practice field. I didn't see him run but he told me it felt pretty good, pretty strong.”

Running backs coach Cale Gundy said that Whaley is on schedule, and would be ahead of schedule if doctors allowed him to be.

“He looks good. I saw a little bit more stuff (at practice) and he was running around a little bit faster,” Gundy said. “We've got plenty of time. We're not in a hurry.”

In the meantime, Whaley has stayed tuned in mentally as his body has healed.

“You can't get him to stay away,” Gundy said. “He’s in all the meetings.

“He's amazing. He did a tremendous job of motivating himself. He works just as hard on individual stuff that he has to do. Compared with what everybody else is doing with weights he's doing his own stuff just as hard.”