Published March 14, 2012 - 9:30am
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2010 was a thing of beauty for several teams and players, but arguably no bigger for anyone at running back than Arkansas running back Knile Davis.
Davis returns in 2012 after suffering a season-ending ankle injury in pre-season camp last year. It sidelined him for the whole 2011 campaign.
And if you’re wondering how he’s recovering or if he will make a full recovery, check out what he just did just last week:
Davis already has set personal bests in a couple of categories, including a 40-yard dash time (4.33 seconds) he ran last week.
Petrino said it is the top time on the team.
“That was pretty fast,” Petrino said. “At 226 pounds, that’s moving.”
That’s moving? I’ll have to agree.
Davis returns for what most think will be his final year in Fayetteville if all goes accordingly. He should have a spectacular year and be ready to rock come fall.
According to head coach Bobby Petrino, Davis is “100 percent and completely healed”. And that is beautiful news to both the Arkansas fan base and the SEC.
Davis led all ball carriers in 2010 with 1,362 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns.
However, without Davis in 2011, Arkansas was only good for ninth in the SEC (138.1 rushing yards per game). That’s less than adequate and moderately impactful. The Hogs need more in the running game this coming season. But help is certainly on the way.
With the return of Davis, now Arkansas has a three-headed monster at running back with Dennis Johnson, Ronnie Wingo, Jr. and Davis. This running game should be more than adequate to help Tyler Wilson out in the passing game, and it could be the tops in the league when it is all said and done.
Not only is the SEC getting Davis back at running back, but it will also be getting South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore back from his season-ending knee injury as well.
Both should be the top two running backs in the conference in 2012.