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Oklahoma Student-Athlete Spotlight: Dani Dobbs
March 17, 2011

By Nikkole Zwolenik
Big 12 Campus Correspondent

Dani Dobbs is the definition of Sooner born. An Oklahoma local, Dobbs grew up supporting OU, attending football games as a child. This made Dobbs' decision to play for Oklahoma that much easier.

"I think that it makes [playing softball at OU] a lot more meaningful in a way because you're playing for something you grew up to love." Dobbs said.

The senior infielder has softball in her blood. The Moore, Okla. -native has been playing the game for as long as she could hold a bat, with her father as her coach. Growing up watching her parents play in co-ed leagues, Dobbs' only question when it came to playing herself was "When can I start?"

Dobbs has excelled on the field in her career. Dobbs earned many honors in high school, including being named the 2006 All-Big City Player of the Year after leading Moore High School to a 6A state title. She also led the team to four straight conference championships and three regional championships.

At OU, Dobbs has recorded over 130 starts with eight career home runs. Dobbs also had career high runs and hits in a season in 2009, with 29 and 25 respectively.

Dobbs has started in all 27 games this season in the third base position, racking up 19 hits, 15 runs, and 2 home runs for the season. She has a .279 batting average on the season, a career high for Dobbs.

"It's been a huge part of my life," Dobbs said. "Playing the game teaches you more than sports, especially for girls. It teaches you a lot of morals and a lot of character traits."

Dobbs believes in the importance of being a strong female athlete, as well as having a good work ethic on and off the field.

"I think that being a female athlete teaches you how to be strong and how to deal with adversity." Dobbs said. "It teaches you that if you want something you have got to work hard and you'll get it."

Her family plays a huge role in her outlook on life and the game, her father especially. A self-proclaimed Daddy's Girl, Dobbs plans on following in her father's footsteps by becoming a firefighter after college. Dobbs will begin training in July.

"I think it's something active and it's something worth doing. I watched my dad firefighting growing up so I've always been inspired to do it."

For now, Dobbs' is just enjoying her last season as a Sooner.

"Playing at such a large university is very challenging and I think that you have to deal with a lot of things-but I think it's also really rewarding at the same time." Dobbs said.

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