Published August 10, 2012 - 3:06pm
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SDS is going to be looking at all 14 teams’ comeback players: one on offense and one on defense. These players were either injured or had an underachieving season in 2011 and looking to get back on track.
Offense: Knile Davis, RB
Knile Davis says he’s the best running back in the SEC. Who is going to refute that? I may have a different opinion, but Davis sure has the confidence to take that label. He missed all of last year with an ankle injury. We all know this. We’ve really only seen what Davis can do in one half of one year. He played sparingly as a freshman and really only turned it on the second half of 2010. He rushed for 1,322 yards and 13 touchdowns. He’ll get his chance to become the best back in the country for 2012, not just in the SEC. I think he returns with a vengeance and with a chip on his shoulder to prove his doubters wrong and to prove he’s healthy for a potential first-round draft pick next spring.
Defense: Darius Winston, CB
Darius Winston has played every year for the Hogs since his arrival in 2009. But he has yet to perform and live up to his five-star expectations. “Could this be the year Winston lives up to the hype?” I often find myself wondering that, and several Hogs’ fans have asked that very question as well. Winston has possessed all the athletic tools necessary to be a lockdown corner. It just hasn’t happened yet, for one reason or another. This is his last year, and I’m going on record as saying this will be his best year. He may not live up to the five-star status, but he’s got one more year to prove it.