NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 1: Running back Dominique Whaley #8 of the Oklahoma Sooners rushes up field during the first half against the Ball State Cardinals on October 1, 2011 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Ball State 62-6. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
The conclusion of the 2011 football season brings about the award nominations from the staff here at Crimson And Cream. Unlike last year where we each awarded an honor to a player or coach, this year we're leaving it up to our readers to decide who gets the honors. We introduced our nominations Sunday night on the SoonerNation podcast and now your opportunity to cast your vote comes after the jump.
Nominations For Newcomer Of The Year
O3: Dominique Whaley
JTE: Blake Bell
CCM: Dominique Whaley
Dominique Whaley was having a storybook season until it was ruined by a broken leg against Kansas State. As a walk-on Whaley beat out the field of competition to be Oklahoma's opening day starter. Before his injury he rushed for 664 yards (still the team high) and 9 touchdowns with an average of 5.5 yards per carry.
Everyone knows the story of the "Belldozer" by now. Oklahoma's freshman quarterback was the answer to the short yardage problems the offense had faced early on in the season. He finished with 125 rushing yards and a team high 10 rushing touchdowns.
Cast your vote for Oklahoma's Newcomer of the Year
Dominique Whaley (138 votes)
Blake Bell (22 votes)
160 total votes