Fayetteville, Ark. – University of Arkansas junior running back Knile Davis will forego his senior year of eligibility to declare for the 2013 NFL Draft per reports on Wednesday.
The move comes as a surprise for some Razorback fans but not to many college football pundits due to Davis’ injury history.
The Missouri City, Texas, native placed No. 26 in the SEC in rushing with 377 yards on 112 rushes and two touchdowns in 2012. Davis was a first-team All-SEC performer in 2010 posting an SEC-high for running backs 1,322 yards on the ground with 13 scores with the majority of those numbers coming in the Hogs’ final eight games.
Davis missed the entire 2011 college football campaign after suffering an ankle injury in summer camp. At the conclusion of the 2011 season Davis requested an NFL evaluation of his draft stock. Seemingly with a goal in mind to prove he was ready to return from injury for the upcoming season he responded physically in the weight room squatting over 600 pounds, benching over 400, and running a 4.3 hand-held forty-yard dash.
The Arkansas Razorbacks underperformed in 2012 per preseason expectations finishing the year 4-8. Davis entered the season as a first-team All-SEC pick and possible Heisman Trophy candidate based on his 2010 efforts but the Hogs running game with Davis in the backfield never fully clicked throughout the year.
The Hogs fumbled an SEC-high 36 times losing 15 total for a 41.67 percent loss on all fumbles. Davis was seemingly benched at different points in the season for his fumbling issues and missed game time against Tulsa and South Carolina with a hamstring injury.
Davis had a season-high 70 yards rushing on 18 attempts against Jacksonville State in the Hogs’ opener. He topped the 60 yard rushing in a game mark three other times (UL-Monroe 62, Texas A&M 65, and Kentucky 68).
Against Texas A&M Davis had his best game of the 2012 season posting 65 yards rushing and caught a 64-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Wilson to eclipse 100 total yards from the line of scrimmage in a game.
Davis finished his Arkansas career with 1,862 rushing yards, 19 touchdowns on the ground and 32 receptions for 297 receiving yards and two scores.