Oklahoma running back Dominique Whaley has been named a semifinalist for the 2011 Burlsworth Trophy which honors the nation's most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on.
The junior from Lawton came to OU this season after playing at Langston University.
After nine games this season, Whaley was OU's leading rusher despite playing in only six of those games. He suffered a season ending injury at the end of October in the game against Kansas State. On the first play of that game he fractured his left ankle which ended his season.
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This season he tallied 627 rushing yards on 113 carries with nine touchdowns along with 15 receptions for 153 yards.
At Langston during the 2008 season, Whaley played in 10 games and finished the year with 58 carries for 258 yards and two touchdowns.
Whaley along with KU's Steven Johnson are the only two Big 12 players to make the list of semifinalists.
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On Nov. 29 the semifinalists will be narrowed to three finalists, with this year's winner will be announced at its annual award banquet on Dec. 9, 2011.
Other 2011 Burlsworth Semifinalists include:Tyler Shoemaker-Boise State UniversityMike Remmers-Oregon State UniversityGriff Whalen-StanfordBryant Moniz-University of HawaiiPatrick Edwards-University of HoustonSteven Johnson-University of KansasJordan Kovacs-University of MichiganMike Caputo- University of NebraskaDominique Whaley-University of OklahomaAustin Davis-University of Southern Mississippi