After weeks of speculation and Internet rumors, Razorbacks fans no longer have to worry: All-SEC running back Knile Davis announced that he will officially return to the Hogs next season, according to The Associated Press (h/t ESPN).
In 2010, Davis helped lead the Razorbacks to their first BCS Bowl game appearance when the Hogs squared off against Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl.
Davis finished the season as the leading rusher from the tailback position in the SEC, gaining 1,322 yards with a 6.5 yards-per-carry average. He finished No. 16 in total rushing in Division-I FBS.
Davis did not start the 2010 season as the Hogs' primary running option. In the first four games of the season he had 20 rushing attempts for 121 yards. He caught fire against Texas A&M in the fifth game of the season, running for 82 yards on 10 carries.
From that point on Davis accreted himself as one of the premiere running backs in college football. Over the remaining bube games he tallied 1,201 yards rushing, averaging 133 yards per game with 13 total touchdowns.
During fall practices Davis injured his ankle for the third time in his football career, causing him to miss the entire 2011 season. His senior season in high school was cut short when he broke his ankle, limiting Davis to a total of 33 carries. As a freshman in spring practices he re-injured the same ankle.
Speculation centered on Davis’ return when he submitted his name to the NFL Draft Advisory Board in December, causing message boards and rumors to swirl about the future of Davis in a Razorback uniform.
Davis will be considered a redshirt junior next season when he returns to action.