Offseason spotlight: Arkansas

January, 24, 2012
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Our next stop in our offseason spotlight series takes us to Fayetteville, Ark., where we'll take a look at the Arkansas Razorbacks:

Spotlight: Running back Knile Davis, Arkansas, 6-0, 226, rising senior

2011 Summary: Davis missed all of 2011 after suffering a season-ending injury to his left ankle during preseason practice.

The skinny: Davis was poised to be one of the best running backs in the SEC in 2011. He was probably the most complete back with his size and speed, but suffered a very unfortunate ankle injury prior to the season's start. Davis has been running on his ankle for some time now, but taking contact is the next step. Davis needs to get back to being able to take real hits and using his footwork to make the plays that made him a star in 2010. He also needs to focus on getting the rest of his body and mind ready to go through an entire SEC season. His body hasn't had to deal with that in quite some time, so this won't be an overnight development for Davis. That will gradually come with practice and more time in the gym. Davis' return should be a scary thought for SEC defenders. During the 2010 season, he led SEC running backs with 1,322 rushing yards and had 13 touchdowns. He really burst onto the scene during the second half of that season, where he averaged 146.9 yards in the last seven games. Having Davis back will also help balance out an offense that ranked first in passing but ninth in rushing in 2011.

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