Published November 30, 2010 - 10:27am
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Coming into 2010, everyone knew about Arkansas and that Ryan Mallett would lead that offense, and everyone knew the passing attack would be in full force. However, in order for Arkansas to be effective, they would have to find a running game to be productive and balanced on the offensive attack.
In their first six games, the Razorbacks’ running game was non-existent. In their loss to Alabama, the running game struggled with a mere 64 yards on the ground. Relying on the passing game was the plan of attack – the only plan of attack. Mallett is arguably the best quarterback in the country, but to be effective in the toughest conference in America, teams have to have balance.
Enter Knile Davis – a 19-year-old true sophomore from Missouri City, Texas.
Through his first six games, Davis had 44 carries for 294 yards and 0 touchdowns. He was used sporadically, as Broderick Green and Ronnie Wingo, Jr. shouldered the load in the running game.
In his last six games, Davis has put up staggering numbers with his no-nonsense, run-straight-at-you type of style. He has carried the football 134 times for 889 yards and 12 touchdowns, which is 6.6 yards per carry. There is no dancing in the hole and wait-till-I-find-one mentality. Davis runs straight at you with pure speed and athleticism. He hits the hole real quick, and he’s gone.
Finally, the Razorbacks have found a running attack to go along with their potent passing offense. Knile Davis is the key to Arkansas’ resurgence after losing two games earlier to really good teams – Auburn and Alabama. Davis finished the regular season with 1,183 yards rushing and 14 total touchdowns.
Arkansas is the best two-loss team in the country and have played themselves into the BCS argument with their win over the LSU Tigers.