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2015 NFL DRAFT

Knile Davis, RB

School: Arkansas  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Missouri City, TX
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 227 lbs.
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03/16/2013 - Arkansas RB Davis out to prove health, talent...Perhaps more than any of the workout participants, Davis is a wild card entering Friday's on-campus pro day and next month's NFL draft. The problem for the Texas native, though, is there's no way he can answer the one question everyone has. Can he stay healthy? "You can't prove that you're not going to get hurt," Davis said. "That's why I don't understand the injury-prone tag. You can't say someone's injury prone, because anyone on the field can get hurt. You can have a hot No. 1 pick, and he can get hurt, too. And then someone who's been hurt can never get hurt again. There's no way to prove it."

There's no way to fully shake the label, as the former first-team All-Southeastern Conference running back knows all too well - given an injury history that dates to high school. All Davis can do is prepare for auditions such as Friday, when he's expected to run routes and catch passes from Wilson, and hope for a chance. "I'm a realist; people have short memories," Davis said. "The media, coaches, it's `What have you done for me lately?' So, yeah, I definitely have something to prove. I have something to prove to myself that I can play at the next level." - AP Sports

12/14/2012 - Arkansas junior running back Knile Davis will pass up his final year of eligibility to enter the 2013 NFL draft. Davis, a Texas native, will train in Dallas for pre-draft workouts at a facility owned by Olympic sprint champion Michael Johnson and will be represented by Mike Conley Sr., CollegeFootballNews.com reported Wednesday. After rushing for 1,322 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2010, Davis missed the following season after suffering an ankle injury in August 2011. This past season, Davis returned but struggled under a new coaching staff that took over following the Bobby Petrino scandal, rushing for 377 yards on 112 carries and two touchdowns as the Razorbacks went 4-8. Davis' 4.33-second speed in the 40-yard dash and his 6-foot, 226-pound frame make him a solid prospect in what is being considered a lean year for running backs in the draft. - The Sports Xchange

12/12/2012 - Arkansas junior running back Knile Davis has decided to forego his remaining eligibility and enter the 2013 NFL Draft, according to Rich Cirminiello of CollegeFootballNews.com. After missing the entire 2011 season due to a broken ankle, Davis could have received another year of college eligibility in 2013, but has decided to go pro instead of returning to Fayetteville. He has hired Mike Conley Sr. to be his agent.

Davis was a First Team All-SEC performer in 2010, leading all conference running backs with 1,322 yards (6.5 yards per carry) and 13 touchdowns. After sitting out the 2011 season rehabbing his ankle injury, he returned in 2012 but didn't look the same, finishing with just 377 yards on 112 carries (3.4 average) and two touchdowns.

Davis worked his tail off to return from injury, but he ran too hesitant and indecisive this past season, including issues with ball security. He was caught stopping his feet too much, routinely looking to bounce runs outside and not running with much conviction. But NFL scouts are hopeful he can return to his 2010 form. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

10/01/2012 - WEEK 5 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: RB KNILE DAVIS (Arkansas) -- Rushed for team-high 65 yards on 18 carries and also caught a 64-yard touchdown pass against Texas A&M. - SEC football

09/17/2012 - 09/17/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: 3. Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas: After a banner sophomore season in 2010 with a SEC-best 1,322 yards among running backs, Davis missed all of last season with broken ankle, making his return to the field in 2012 even more interesting. He looked rusty in the first two games, but with quarterback Tyler Wilson out (concussion) for the Razorbacks' showdown against Alabama on Saturday, Arkansas needed their All-Conference running back to step up and take control of the offense. He answered with a season-low 59 yards on the ground, averaging under three yards per carry, and was held out of the end zone, along with the rest of the team as the Crimson Tide shut out the Hogs, 52-0. Davis played with too much hesitation at the line of scrimmage, stopping his feet and taking too long to regain full speed. He showed good toughness, lowering his pads and pushing forward after contact, but he fumbled twice and showed he has yet to fix his bad habit of holding the ball way too loose from his body. Through three games, Davis is averaging just 3.5 yards per carry and while he appears 100% healthy from the ankle injury, he doesn't look the same on the field and until he does, Davis' draft stock will continue to fall. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/14/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Alabama at Arkansas, Sept. 15 -- What was to be a match-up of top 10 teams is not to be, with Arkansas dropping out of the AP rankings because of the loss to Louisiana-Monroe. But the Crimson Tide retained the No. 1 spot in the poll with its victory over Western Kentucky. The Razorbacks need a victory to keep alive their hopes of keeping for an SEC Western Division title. KEYS TO THE GAME: Get QB Brandon Allen comfortable. If senior Tyler Wilson can't play, it will be up to the redshirt freshman to run the offense against probably the best defense in the country. The Hogs can't have any turnovers if they expect to win. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Knile Davis -- Although he looks sharp at times, Davis is not quite all the way back from the ankle injury that sidelined him in 2011. He has only a pedestrian 132 yards rushing on 34 carries (3.9 average). He must come up bigger for the Razorbacks to have a shot at the upset. - The Sports Xchange

09/11/2012 - STILL NEEDS WORK: Arkansas' running game was virtually non-existent in the loss to Louisiana-Monroe. Junior RB Knile Davis gained only 62 yards on 16 rushes, and his backups, Dennis Johnson and Ronnie Wingo Jr., combined for only 54 on eight runs. Take away Allen's 20 yards in losses and the Hogs netted only 96 yards on 26 rushes. QUOTE TO NOTE: "I am shocked and I am mad at the same time." -- Senior LB Tenarius Wright, after the loss to Louisiana-Monroe. - The Sports Xchange

09/08/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas, Sept. 8 -- Although the game will be played in Little Rock, officially it will be a home game for the Warhawks. This was arranged in 2004, when the five-game series was set up to allow the Warhawks to include the attendance to help their season average to meet NCAA requirements at the time. KEYS TO THE GAME: Stay focused. The Warhawks have playmakers on offense and could break off some big plays. The Razorbacks don't want to set up cheap touchdowns with turnovers as they did last week with Jacksonville State. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Knile Davis -- Davis rushed for 70 yards on 18 carries in his first game back from an ankle injury that cost him the 2011 season. He also had a reception for 19 yards. - The Sports Xchange

08/15/2012 - Top-five Arkansas prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. RB Knile Davis...While Petrino's offense has typically led to gaudy statistics for its quarterbacks and receivers, Davis proved in 2010 that running backs can certainly enjoy success in his scheme, as well, pacing the SEC with 1,322 yards and chipping in 13 touchdowns despite only starting eight of 13 games. Blessed with a similar combination of size and speed that helped former Hog Darren McFadden earn the No. 4 overall pick of the 2008 draft, Davis' 6.48 yards per attempt led the NCAA among running backs who logged at least 200 carries. Perhaps most exciting, Davis seemed to get stronger as the season went on, posting 100+ yards in each of his final five games. With a talented supporting cast around him, Davis looked poised to build upon his impressive 2010 campaign last season but suffered a broken ankle during a fall scrimmage, ending his junior campaign before it even really started. Scouts like Davis' size, breakaway speed and soft hands out of the backfield. He's worked hard to become a reliable pass blocker and is highly respected by his teammates and the coaching staff, earning the captain role as both a junior (2011) and senior (2012). Like McFadden, Davis has a relatively high-center of gravity, which causes him to run a bit upright and absorb big hits from defenders. He is a bit stiff, especially in his upper body, and has struggled with ankle injuries throughout his football career, dating back to high school. A physical freak with the upside to warrant early round consideration, Davis' NFL draft stock ultimately will hinge on the medical grade he's given by team doctors. The Arkansas medical staff has cleared him for play but the team has understandably been cautious with him, thus far. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange

08/12/2012 - Arkansas coach John L. Smith said Saturday there is a plan in place for when running back Knile Davis will take part in the full-contact portion of fall practices. Smith also said he's not quite ready for the rest of the world - or Davis, for that matter - to know that plan. "He's not aware of it yet," Smith said following the Razorbacks' first scrimmage of fall camp in Razorback Stadium. "He'll tell if I share it with him. He's a tattletale." Davis, who missed all of last season with an ankle injury, has taken part in each of Arkansas' practices this month and has faced the usual bumps that come with wearing pads. However, just as during the spring, Davis has yet to take part in a full-contact scrimmage - though he's completely recovered and coaches have said he'll do so prior to the season opener against Jacksonville State on Sept. 1. The junior, who lead all Southeastern Conference running backs with 1,322 yards rushing two seasons ago, went through warm-ups Saturday morning. Once the scrimmage portion of practice began, Davis stood off to the side - holding his helmet in his hand and encouraging teammates at every opportunity. Davis wasn't made available to talk following the scrimmage, but he's insisted throughout the spring and summer that he's comfortable with whenever his coaches decide to let him face full contact. He broke his left ankle last August when a teammate rolled up on him during a preseason scrimmage, and Razorbacks offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said earlier this week that his timetable for facing contact has been an "ongoing conversation" between coaches. Smith said Saturday he would share the plan for Davis "when the time comes." In the meantime, his teammates are excited at just the thought of his return to full action. - AP Sports

08/07/2012 - COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S TOP 10 MOST VALUABLE NON-QBS: 9. Knile Davis, Arkansas, RB: Similar to Lattimore and Ball, Davis would be even higher if his team didn't have such other talented and proven backs behind him. In 2011, with Davis out due to injury, Dennis Johnson ran for almost 700 yards and Ronnie Wingo went for almost 500. Johnson's also a really good receiver. Of course, neither is as explosive or the Freak that Davis is -- and don't forget that QB Tyler Wilson doesn't have the experienced WRs that he had in 2011. So why is Davis lower on this list than Ball and Lattimore? Davis' team has the best QB of the bunch. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

08/07/2012 - KEYS TO SUCCESS: RBs Knile Davis and Dennis Johnson must stay healthy and give the Hogs' offense a running game to complement QB Tyler Wilson's passing. WR Cobi Hamilton is an all-conference candidate, but the Hogs need to develop depth at wide receiver. The defense must live up to the promise it showed in the Cotton Bowl win over Kansas State. QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm very confident. I'm cutting full speed. It's been a long process to get back to 100 percent, but I'm back." RB Knile Davis, who missed the 2011 season because of an ankle injury. - The Sports Xchange

08/06/2012 - PRO PROSPECTS ON THE MEND: RB KNILE DAVIS, Arkansas, INJURY: Broken ankle (left ankle), August 11 - missed all of 2011...Davis is one of the few players on this list who didn't even play a snap last season, suffering his injury in summer practice. He had an All-SEC season as a sophomore with 1,322 rushing yards and 13 scores and was poised for another big season in 2011 before an ankle injury last summer sidelined him for all of last year. While this means he hasn't played a down of football in over 19 months, Davis also has had longer to recover from the injury and will be chomping at the bit to get back on the field for the 2012 season opener. When healthy, he has first round talent and NFL scouts can't wait to see him again this fall. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/25/2012 - Arkansas has not one, but two Heisman Trophy hopefuls in quarterback Tyler Wilson and running back Knile Davis. The Razorbacks need wins to make sure either have a chance at becoming the school's first Heisman winner, and the athletic department is doing its best to make sure they become household names to fans and voters. It's done so by increasing their national exposure, including a Twitter account aimed at promoting their accomplishments. Wilson was first-team All-Southeastern Conference last season, leading Arkansas to an 11-2 record and Cotton Bowl win. Davis missed last season with an ankle injury but led SEC running backs in rushing yardage two seasons ago. Former Arkansas running back Darren McFadden finished second in the Heisman voting in both 2006 and ???07. - AP Sports

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): RB Knile Davis (118), Arkansas, Jr.,...was a first-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press in 2010, when he led all SEC running backs with 1,322 yards on the ground, the fourth-highest single-season total in school history. The junior from Missouri City, Texas, was named to numerous preseason All-America and All-SEC teams as well as watch lists for the Doak Walker, Maxwell and Walter Camp awards in 2011 before suffering an injury during a preseason scrimmage that forced him to miss the entire season. In 2010, his average of 101.7 rushing yards per game ranked second in the SEC and 16th in the NCAA. His 6.48 yards per rushing attempt was the highest in the NCAA among running backs that carried the ball at least 200 times and ranked as the fifth-highest single-season average at Arkansas. He ended the season with five consecutive 100-yard rushing games, and his 157.8 rushing yards per game in November made him the only SEC player to average 100 yards per game on the ground in the season's final full month. Earlier this week, he was again named to the Maxwell Award Watch List. - Arkansas football

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB - Knile Davis, Arkansas...Davis was a first-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press in 2010, when he led all SEC running backs with 1,322 yards on the ground, the fourth-highest single-season total in school history. The junior from Missouri City, Texas, was named to numerous preseason All-America and All-SEC teams as well as watch lists for the Doak Walker, Maxwell and Walter Camp awards in 2011 before suffering an injury during a preseason scrimmage that forced him to miss the entire season. In 2010, his average of 101.7 rushing yards per game ranked second in the SEC and 16th in the NCAA. His 6.48 yards per rushing attempt was the highest in the NCAA among running backs that carried the ball at least 200 times and ranked as the fifth-highest single-season average at Arkansas. He ended the season with five consecutive 100-yard rushing games, and his 157.8 rushing yards per game in November made him the only SEC player to average 100 yards per game on the ground in the season's final full month. Earlier this week, he was again named to the Maxwell Award Watch List. - Arkansas football

07/20/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST: Knile Davis, junior, RB, Arkansas, has been named one of of fifty preseason "players to watch" for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. Davis has been tabbed as a preseason first-team All-SEC running back by the conference's coaches and media and also was named to the Maxwell Award and Doak Walker Award watch lists. He was a first-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press in 2010, when he led all SEC running backs with 1,322 yards on the ground, the fourth-highest single-season total in school history. The junior from Missouri City, Texas, was named to numerous preseason All-America and All-SEC teams as well as watch lists for the Doak Walker, Maxwell and Walter Camp awards in 2011 before suffering an injury during a preseason scrimmage that forced him to miss the entire season. In 2010, his average of 101.7 rushing yards per game ranked second in the SEC and 16th in the NCAA. - Arkansas football

07/20/2012 - 2012 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Knile Davis (Jr.), Arkansas, has been selected to the Preseason Doak Walker Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. Davis has been tabbed as a preseason first-team All-SEC running back by the conference's coaches and media and also was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List last week. He was a first-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press in 2010, when he led all SEC running backs with 1,322 yards on the ground, the fourth-highest single-season total in school history. The junior from Missouri City, Texas, was named to numerous preseason All-America and All-SEC teams as well as watch lists for the Doak Walker, Maxwell and Walter Camp awards in 2011 before suffering an injury during a preseason scrimmage that forced him to miss the entire season. In 2010, his average of 101.7 rushing yards per game ranked second in the SEC and 16th in the NCAA. His 6.48 yards per rushing attempt was the highest in the NCAA among running backs that carried the ball at least 200 times and ranked as the fifth-highest single-season average at Arkansas. - Arkansas football

07/17/2012 - Knile Davis hasn't seen the video of the play, the one called ''47'' that ended his season before it even began last August. The Arkansas running back doesn't need to see the play to remember. The details of a broken ankle are still fresh in his mind, a daily reminder and motivation during his quest to return to the field this season. Davis' return figures to be one of the most followed story lines for the Razorbacks. That's saying something, considering the tumultuous spring in Fayetteville following revelations of Bobby Petrino's affair with a football staffer, his eventual firing and the hiring of John L. Smith as coach. How Davis responds after not playing a game in 19 months also figures to have a direct impact on the success of Arkansas in the post-Petrino era. The Razorbacks open fall practice on Aug. 1 - a day Davis said can't get here soon enough. ''I'm ready to go,'' Davis said. ''So, so ready.'' Davis led Southeastern Conference running backs in rushing in 2010 with 1,322 yards. He did so despite beginning the season as a relative unknown, more than making up for the slow start with an average of 147 yards over his final seven games of the season. - AP Sports

07/09/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Knile Davis, Arkansas, RB, Jr., has been selected to the preseason Maxwell Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. Davis was a first-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press in 2010, when he led all SEC running backs with 1,322 yards on the ground, the fourth-highest single-season total in school history. The junior from Missouri City, Texas, was named to numerous preseason All-America and All-SEC teams as well as watch lists for the Doak Walker, Maxwell and Walter Camp awards in 2011 before suffering an injury during a preseason scrimmage that forced him to miss the entire campaign. In 2010, his average of 101.7 rushing yards per game ranked second in the SEC and 16th in the NCAA. His 6.48 yards per rushing attempt was the highest in the NCAA among running backs that carried the ball at least 200 times and ranked as the fifth-highest single-season average at Arkansas. He ended the season with five consecutive 100-yard rushing games, and his 157.8 rushing yards per game in November made him the only SEC player to average 100 yards per game on the ground in the season's final full month. - Arkansas football

06/27/2012 - Heisman Watch 2012: Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas - Davis was red-shirted in 2011 following a season- ending ankle injury suffered in practice last August, and without him Arkansas still managed to make noise in the SEC West with an 11-2 record. Now healthy, the junior will attempt to improve upon his 2010 season, when he was one of the most effective backs in the conference with 1,322 yards and 13 touchdowns. Also keep an eye on Razorback quarterback Tyler Wilson, who tossed 24 touchdowns against just six interceptions last season, as another dark horse, as Arkansas dives into the 2012 season as a team with both the ability and opportunity to make headway in the BCS standings. - Nicholas DeLorenzo, The Sports Network

05/14/2012 - Arkansas is listing RB Knile Davis, who missed last season with an ankle injury, as a redshirt junior, but coach Bobby Petrino expects this to be his last season with the Hogs. The coach expects Davis to enter next year's NFL draft. "We'll list him as a junior because he redshirted last year," Petrino said. "But we anticipate him having a great year and then coming out. That's what the plan is." - The Sports Xchange

05/14/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Knile Davis will get tender treatment because of the ankle injury that cost him the 2011 season. Defining his role respective to returnees Dennis Johnson and Ronnie Wingo Jr. will be a priority in the spring. Davis took part in spring drills but on a "no contact" basis after missing last season because of an ankle injury. - The Sports Xchange

05/10/2012 - The first thing you think about Knile Davis is: brittle - peanut brittle - when it comes to the Arkansas tailback's skeletal structure. Apply pressure, it snaps. "Obviously," said Arkansas head athletic trainer Matt Summers said, "he's had these bone issues." Those issues have included five significant broken bones in a three-year, 10-month period. With Davis, you can't tell the breaks without a scorecard. The right ankle has been broken twice. The left ankle once. Both the left and right collarbones have snapped. All since October 2007. The last mind-numbing, will-sapping crack came in August 2011 during preseason drills. Left ankle. On the brink of a breakout season, another bone broke. Out for the season. "I heard it," said Davis, whose comeback story has been a run to daylight during these dark times at Arkansas. "I knew it was broke. I just didn't know how bad it was." It was bad. Torn ligaments meant a lengthy rehab. Following a 10-win, Sugar Bowl season in 2010, Arkansas was ready to challenge for the SEC West and perhaps more in 2011. Turns out that without Davis, Arkansas might have exceeded those expectations. Going into the last week of the regular season Arkansas was third in the BCS behind LSU and Alabama. The 11 wins in 2012 were the most for the Hogs since Lou Holtz' Orange Bowl squad in 1977. Arkansas' running game that was supposed to be shattered along with Davis' ankle, dipped only slightly. The Hogs rushed for 149 less yards than in 2010 when Davis ran for 1,322 yards and 13 touchdowns. "I was low, I was frustrated, I was mad," he said. "But I couldn't do anything about it." - Dennis Dodd, CBSSports.com

05/08/2012 - 2012 College Football Freaks List: 6. Knile Davis, Arkansas, RB: The 225-pound Texan has been blessed genetically, but also has had more than his share of bad fortune to overcome. In 2007, he broke his right collarbone. In '08, he broke his right ankle. In '09, he re-broke his right ankle. Later that year, his stepfather passed away from lung cancer. In 2010, Davis broke his left collarbone. Then on the eve of last season, he broke his left ankle, which forced him to miss the 2011 season. However, Davis, a 1,300-yard back in 2010, sure seemed like he's ready to rip up the SEC again when he put up eye-catching numbers in Arkansas' offseason conditioning tests a week before spring ball started. Davis had the fastest 40-yard dash time on the team at 4.33, his pro agility test was a blazing 4.04. He also benched 415 pounds (fifth-best on the team), squatted 570 (3rd best on the team) and did a chin up totting 364 pounds (totting an extra 139 lbs. worth of weight attached to his frame.) - Bruce Feldman, CBS Sports

05/07/2012 - Knile Davis unintentionally offered the deepest insight into how the personality of the Arkansas football team has changed in the weeks since Bobby Petrino's firing and John L. Smith's hiring as his replacement. Davis, the star Razorbacks running back, was comparing the differences in coaching styles between the controlling, businesslike Petrino and the huggable Smith when he mentioned that Smith has a demanding side to his personality as well. ''John, he has a serious side,'' Davis said. ''You can't be in this game playing around. He can be serious. He knows how to get what he needs out of you, but he also has a playful side, and that's cool.'' Davis' reference to Smith by his first name didn't go unnoticed, and he was quickly asked if he would have ever referred to Petrino as ''Bobby.'' ''Uh, no, probably not,'' Davis said with a sheepish smile. It's been less than a month at Arkansas since Petrino's dismissal after revelations he hired his mistress and gave her $20,000 in gifts. Since then, the Razorbacks have completed spring practice, welcomed their former assistant Smith back as head coach and made plans for an offseason of work while trying to build on last season's 11-2 record and No. 5 final ranking. - AP Sports

05/03/2012 - Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson wasn't surprised by the NFL Draft last week. The Greenwood native knew quarterbacks would be pulled off the board in the first round. Wilson also believed he would've been of them if he decided to declare after his junior season. So Wilson also said it didn't matter. "My decision was to come back and become a better football player for the future," Wilson said Wednesday during a post-spring media day. "The draft is such a major process, but it's a minor process in the grand scheme of things." Wilson is one of several Razorbacks who had the opportunity to turn pro, but chose to return to Arkansas for one more season. Running back Knile Davis, wide receiver Cobi Hamilton and tight end Chris Gragg also weighed options last January. Each said Wednesday they paid attention to the draft and were happy for the Razorbacks who were selected (Jake Bequette, Joe Adams, Jarius Wright and Greg Childs). But none of them regretted their decisions to return to school despite the program's turmoil this spring. "Playing this year and getting back out on the field and maybe competing for an SEC championship, national championship, to me, that's kind of bigger than the draft right now," said Davis, who earned a second- to third-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee earlier this winter. "That's where my focus is." - Robbie Neiswanger, Arkansas News Bureau

04/13/2012 - Junior All-SEC RB Knile Davis has no plans to transfer or seek admittance into the NFL Supplemental Draft after Bobby Petrino's firing, said his mother, Regina Gardner, on Thursday. "That's his home," Gardner said. "He is looking forward to this year. I didn't sense like a panic, like ???Oh my God. What are we going to do?'" - Jimmy Carter, CBS Sports

03/31/2012 - Knile Davis' return to contact will have to wait just a bit longer for Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino. The Razorbacks took part in their first scrimmage of the spring on Friday, but Davis didn't take part in contact drills during the team's first scrimmage. The practice was the first open one this spring for the Razorbacks, who were 11-2 last season and won the Cotton Bowl over Kansas State. Davis, returning to the field after an ankle injury cost him all of last season, has taken part in all of the Razorbacks spring practices. Petrino said Davis' status will be taken on a week-by-week basis moving forward. "He's been doing everything full speed," Petrino said. "He's been cutting, making everything, looks good. There's just something in consulting with our medical staff, and we made the decision that let's not tackle him today." The junior led all Southeastern Conference running backs with 1,322 two seasons ago, averaging 147 yards per game over the final seven games of the season. He was a preseason second-team All-SEC selection last season before injuring his ankle. Davis took part in the non-contact portion of practice on Friday before Arkansas split into offensive and defensive units. At that point, he stood behind the offense throughout the scrimmage. Quarterback Tyler Wilson threw four touchdowns, while running back Dennis Johnson ran for three more during the scrimmage. Petrino, meanwhile, said Davis made it clear he's ready to take part in contact. "He always wants to," Petrino said. The Razorbacks have two more scrimmages scheduled, on April 6th and 13th, while the spring game is scheduled for April 21st. - AP Sports

 
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03/16/2013 - Arkansas RB Davis out to prove health, talent...Perhaps more than any of the workout participants, Davis is a wild card entering Friday's on-campus pro day and next month's NFL draft. The problem for the Texas native, though, is there's no way he can answer the one question everyone has. Can he stay healthy? "You can't prove that you're not going to get hurt," Davis said. "That's why I don't understand the injury-prone tag. You can't say someone's injury prone, because anyone on the field can get hurt. You can have a hot No. 1 pick, and he can get hurt, too. And then someone who's been hurt can never get hurt again. There's no way to prove it."

There's no way to fully shake the label, as the former first-team All-Southeastern Conference running back knows all too well - given an injury history that dates to high school. All Davis can do is prepare for auditions such as Friday, when he's expected to run routes and catch passes from Wilson, and hope for a chance. "I'm a realist; people have short memories," Davis said. "The media, coaches, it's `What have you done for me lately?' So, yeah, I definitely have something to prove. I have something to prove to myself that I can play at the next level." - AP Sports

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