Arkansas running back Knile Davis has not played in a college football game since the 2010 season. He missed all of the 2011 season due to an ankle injury and did not even participate in spring drills in 2012, as he is still rehabbing.
Still, without seeing much action lately, Davis still believes he is the top dog in the SEC.
Still the best. Davis told ESPN.com Wednesday. I'm still the best running back in the SEC. I think they're good, but I feel like I'm the best because of the things I put into it. I bring everything to the game. I don't want to say I don't have a flaw, like I'm perfect, but I don't think you can find a better running back.
Davis did not play during the 2011 season, but he did manage to rush for over 1,300 yards and score 14 total touchdowns during the 2010 season. He has terrific size, a great combination of speed and power and, when healthy, his claim is probably true. He is a potential Heisman candidate and arguably the best back in the entire country.
The question is, just how healthy is he?
South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore has rushed for over 2,000 yards and scored 30 total touchdowns in just one-and-a-half seasons of play. But much like Davis, he is coming off an injury that required surgery.
Who is truly the best back in the conference? It would likely be a battle between these Davis and Lattimore. Both are terrific when healthy, but both have serious question marks regarding their health heading into the year.
The good news is that these two teams will play each other on November 11, and it is quite possible that this debate will be settled then if both backs are on the field.