Knile Davis returning, Razorbacks finish 5th in nation
It was a significant day for Arkansas football — the program announced its star running back in 2010 will be back in the fold when the next season starts and the University learned the team finished out the season fifth in the final AP Top 25 poll.
Knile Davis, in 2010, lead all running backs in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), having rushed for 1,322 yards and 15 touchdowns, but was forced out of the 2011 season because of an injury sustained in spring practice. The University of Arkansas issued a statement on Tuesday in which Davis effectively ended speculation that he would join the upcoming NFL draft.
“”I have made the decision to return to the University of Arkansas for the 2012 season as I am determined to help this program accomplish the goals we have set in place,” Davis said. “My injury was unfortunate, but I feel I have worked extremely hard for the opportunity to lead the Razorbacks on the field. Through my setback last season, I remained positive and was committed to persevering and I plan to apply those principles to this year’s team.
“I believe Coach (Bobby) Petrino is the best coach in America, and he has put this program back on the national stage. He has instilled in everyone the expectation to be great and that we will win championships. I want to thank Chancellor (David) Gearhart and (Director of Athletics) Jeff Long for setting such great examples on how to operate every day. You can tell the leadership at Arkansas truly cares about us as people and has put the resources in place for us to reach our goals, and that is very special. Also, our fans make playing for the Razorbacks a great experience. I can’t wait for another season with them and my teammates in 2012.”
Meanwhile, the Hogs learned a 11-2 season and a victory over Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl was good enough for a no. 5 ranking in the AP poll. Arkansas hasn’t finished a season in the top 5 since 1977.
The postseason top 25 is as follows:
The only two teams to defeat Arkansas this year were the top ranked teams in the country, Alabama and LSU. Alabama achieved its top ranking after defeating LSU 21-0 in the national championship game on Monday. Mike Gundy, head coach of no. 3 Oklahoma State, said his team should have had a shot at the title.
Gundy’s team finished the season 12-1, but was knocked out of the running for the national championship when it lost to unranked Iowa State. Oklahoma State went on to beat Stanford 41-38 in the Fiesta Bowl. Still, Gundy insists that his team should have had a shot at a national title.
That’s pretty much typical, isn’t it? The BCS freezes one team out of the championship game that has had a good season, and players and coaches start complaining. Expect an also-ran to gripe every year about how the NCAA decides national titles unless a playoff system is in place.
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