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It’s official — Knile Davis possibly out for season

By: 12 August 2011 No Comment

Well, Razorbacks fans, here’s the news none of us wanted to hear — star Arkansas running back Knile Davis is probably out for the season.

Davis sustained an injury to his left ankle in practice on Friday, Arkansas Head Coach Bobby Petrino said in a Friday news release on HogWired.com.

“I am extremely disappointed for Knile,” Petrino said in the news release. “He is a captain who was incredibly focused on the upcoming year. His leadership throughout the offseason was significant in the development of this team. Our athletic trainers and medical staff are the best in the country, and Knile’s mental toughness will be an asset to him during the recovery process. I am fully confident in the mindset of our running back group and their ability to perform.”

It appears, then, the rushing chores will fall to Dennis Johnson and Ronnie Wingo. They’ll have some big shoes to fill as Davis emerged as a star last year, leading all Southeastern Conference (SEC) running backs in rushing with 1,322 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Johnson and Wingo will have three games to prepare for SEC play as the Hogs open on Sept. 3 at home against Missouri State and then face New Mexico and Troy before traveling to Alabama on Sept. 24.

Bear in mind that Arkansas was ranked No. 14 in the Preseason Coach’s Poll, partially due to Davis’ expected stellar performance.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.

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