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NFL calls, Arkansas’ Knile Davis answers

Knile Davis, Senquez Golson AP

A 2011 season lost because of a devastating leg injury suffered during a preseason scrimmage gave way to a 2012 campaign that was underwhelming, in large part due to the lingering effects of that injury.

Despite the trials and tribulations the past couple of years, Davis remains one of the most talented running backs in the game.  And, not so unexpectedly, the Arkansas redshirt junior has decided to take those talents to the next level.

In a statement released Wednesday, Davis confirmed that he has decided to forego his remaining season of eligibility and will make himself available for the 2013 NFL draft.  Davis said he’s “been very reflective in weighing my options” over the past several weeks, making the decision to leave eligibility on the table “after careful counsel with my family and support system.”

Davis was effusive in his praise for the experience he’s had in Fayetteville over the past four years.

“In my four years at the University of Arkansas I’ve had many more ups than downs,” Davis statement continued. “As a 17-year-old coming to campus, I truly didn’t know what to expect. But, with the help of the administration, staff, and my teammates, the experience has exceeded my expectation, in developing me both as a player and a man.

“What I will remember most over the past four years has been the patience, support, and overall concern the Razorback Nation has shown me and my family after each setback. I will forever be a Razorback and will strive to make them proud on the next level.

Davis, who has already signed with an agent, played in 26 games his first two seasons with the Razorbacks, earning first-team All-SEC honors in 2010 after rushing for 1,322 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore.  This season, Davis rushed for just 377 yards and two touchdowns, averaging a meager 3.4 yards per carry.

As he begins training next Monday in Dallas for the NFL’s Scouting Combine, Davis hopes to prove to scouts and team executives that he’s the player he was in 2010 and not the hobbled one in 2012.

“I sincerely look forward to working towards realizing my ultimate goal of becoming an NFL running back of the highest caliber.”

Davis becomes the second SEC back with significant injury issues to decide to declare for next April’s NFL draft, joining South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore.  While that decision has yet to be officially announced, a confirmation is expected before the end of the week.

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4 Responses to “NFL calls, Arkansas’ Knile Davis answers”
  1. raysfan1 says: Dec 12, 2012 2:52 PM

    Like Lattimore this is the right decision. Further snaps on the collegiate level just risks his NFL earning potential.

    Now, as a redshirt junior, and thus a 4th year college student, is he close to earning his degree?

  2. foreverlsu says: Dec 12, 2012 3:50 PM

    He looked good against LSU so I’ll be glad to see him leave. But good luck to Knile Davis; when healthy he is very good.

  3. scalpemseminoles says: Dec 12, 2012 4:33 PM

    bad news for arkansas next season

  4. florida727 says: Dec 13, 2012 9:41 AM

    Davis said… making the decision to leave eligibility on the table “after careful counsel with my family and support system.”


    Scariest statement of the entire article. I hope he consulted unbiased, nothing-to-gain experts on his potential at the next level. As others have stated, no doubt the talent is there. Only question is whether or not his stock is high enough to warrant an early round pick and ensure himself a nice pay day. “Family and support system”, aka all the hangers-on that stand to benefit if/when he cashes a big check, are NOT the people to rely on when making this kind of decision. They’ll tell you exactly what you want to hear BECAUSE they’re your family and support system. Talk to NFL people. They have no vested interest in you personally, only as a commodity. They’ll give it to you straight.

    I remember a story told by a radio personality who was a high draft pick. The first day he arrived at the team’s HQ, the coach was there to greet him. He says the first thing the coach said to him was, “welcome to (city); I’m already looking for your replacement”. It’s strictly business at the next level. Good luck, Knile.

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