Knile Davis injured in practice
Both Arkansas and national media outlets are buzzing with news that Knile Davis — standout running back for the Arkansas Razorbacks — went down with an apparent leg injury on Thursday. The question, of course, is how severe the injury is and whether the junior star player will be out for the season. Yes, there’s speculation all over the place regarding the severity of the injury (the forums over at HogVille.net, for example, are simply brimming with concern, rumors and the like), but ESPN reports that there is no official word on whether that leg injury is a shattered ankle, sprain, etc.
So, we wait.
Just how important is Davis to the Razorbacks? SportingNews, which put Arkansas in the 11th spot in its preseason top 25 rankings, said the Hogs’ season could be in trouble if Davis is out for the season. It’s not hard to understand why sports analysts could come to that conclusion — Davis led all Southeastern Conference (SEC) running backs in rushing last season with 1,322 yards and 13 touchdowns.
There are a few things to consider before ruling out the Hogs this year, however. For one thing, there’s been no official word regarding the extent of Davis’ injuries. That’s important to keep in mind as the Razorbacks start off the season with three non-conference opponents that the Hogs should defeat — Missouri State on Sept. 3, New Mexico on Sept. 10 and Troy on Sept. 17. The first game against an SEC team won’t take place until Sept. 24 when the Razorbacks travel to Alabama.
There is, then, time for an injury to heal provided it’s not as serious as speculation suggests it might be. Of course, we’ll know more when Head Coach Bobby Petrino makes an official comment on Davis’ condition.
Here’s something else — Arkansas does have a couple of running backs to handle the rushing chores in Davis’ absence. Bear in mind that few predicted how well Davis would do last year and he turned out to be a major surprise. Could Dennis Johnson and/or Ronnie Wingo establish a solid running game when called on to do so? We may get to find out if they’re up to the task when the Hogs face Alabama.
Finally, Petrino has established himself as a solid coach and — in fact — has faced a similar situation in the past. In 2006, Louisville lost star running back Michael Bush. Petrino and his team responded by winning the Orange Bowl that season after winning the Big East.
Yes, there are a lot of unanswered questions out there. When we get something official, we’ll post it. Let’s hope for Davis’ sake that he’s not suffering from an injury that could negatively impact what could be a successful career in the NFL.
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.