HOOVER, ALA. -- Arkansas running back Knile Davis is ready to return to action for the Razorbacks, and that's not a conditional statement like 'soon' or 'by the time practice rolls around.' Davis is ready to go.
"I'm 100 percent," Davis said. "I'm ready to go right now."
After leading the Southeastern Conference in rushing with 1,322 yards in 2010, Davis prepared for the 2011 season and an opportunity to break out. Those plans were derailed.
Davis broke his ankle on Aug. 11 and needed surgery and an enormous amount of recovery and rehab to get back to where he is now.
"I just think the timing of this one was what made it the worse," Davis said during Wednesday's session at SEC Media Days. "I really felt that we could have reached our goals, the national championship and all the things we were talking about that year. I felt like we could have done that, and when I got hurt, I felt like I took away from that. I didn't feel like we had all our pieces, our whole crew."
Those goals haven't changed for Davis or the Razorbacks, the timing's just been altered a bit. Just mark through the 2011 and write in 2012. And Davis is ready to put this team on his back.
"I do feel like I'm the best running back in the SEC," Davis said. "Not being conceited or anything arrogant, I feel like if you ask any other running back, they'll say the same thing. I just don't feel like you can ask for a better back. I think I have everything that you need in a running back."
And Davis feels the cast and crew around him are good too. Davis said the great thing about this Arkansas running back corps is that there are three seniors and all three of them "could start anywhere else."
If that's true, and the Arkansas ground game can flourish--especially late in games, Davis and crew could do something special in 2012.