Friday, October 26, 2012
Who will transform in the SEC?
By Edward Aschoff
He was supposed to be a Heisman candidate. He was supposed to be one of the best running backs in the SEC.
Instead, Arkansas' Knile Davis has had a rough go in 2012. Coming off of that devastating ankle injury that took away his entire 2011 season, Davis just hasn't looked like himself this year. Through seven games, Davis, who led all SEC running backs in rushing yards in 2010, has gained just 337 yards on the ground and two touchdowns this season. He's averaging only 3.4 yards per carry, his longest rush of the season has been 28 yards and he has yet to cross the 70-yard mark in a game.
The Knile Davis of old hasn't shown up this year, but that will change Saturday. Facing an Ole Miss defense that has been suspetible to big plays this year, Davis will regain some of his swagger in Little Rock, Ark. The Rebels are allowing a little more than 145 rushing yards a game, but were torched by Texas for 350 rushing yards and Texas A&M registered 290 yards on the ground.
Davis is coming off of a much-needed bye week and should be totally fine physically. He'll be itching to get back on the field and itching to tear up the first defense he sees. Unfortunately for the Rebels, they have to try and stop Davis from running wild Saturday.
Ole Miss' defense has been better in recent weeks, but it's time for Davis to break through. He really hasn't put a complete game together this year, but you just keep waiting for him to finally have that outing that reminds us of how good he is.
He'll get that chance Saturday against Ole Miss. This offense has been clicking in its past two games and expect Davis to click as well. We'll see that speed again. We'll see that power. And we'll see that determination that made him one of the SEC's most exciting backs two years ago.
Davis has the ability to break a big play at any moment when he touches the ball, and we'll finally see that potential again on Saturday.