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Knile Davis | Running Back

Team: Arkansas Razorbacks
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/5/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 226

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Chiefs selected Arkansas RB Knile Davis with the No. 96 overall pick.
Davis put up big stats in Bobby Petrino's high-scoring 2010 offense, but missed all of 2011 with a fractured ankle and returned in 2012 to rush 112 times for 377 yards (3.37 YPC) and two touchdowns. He made 32 career receptions. We went back to check Davis' 2010 tape and were thoroughly unimpressed. Davis is a straight-ahead plodder with zero lateral movement and clumsy feet. He lacks quick-twitch athleticism and has the power of a scatback. He's like a softer, less ball-secure Jackie Battle. Overdrafted based on straight-line forty time (4.37), Davis is quite likely to disappoint in the pros. He'll compete with Shaun Draughn for carries behind Jamaal Charles. Fri, Apr 26, 2013 10:31:00 PM

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The NFL Network's Mike Mayock believes Arkansas RB Knile Davis could be selected in the second- or third-round.

"I think he's getting pushed up some charts and looking more like a 2nd- or 3rd-round pick," Mayock said. Davis put forth an amazing workout in Indy, but this is a major buyer beware. He rarely showed the athleticism on the field he did at the Combine and has a history of injuries.
Tue, Mar 5, 2013 08:46:00 AM

The National Football Post's Russ Lande is hearing form NFL sources that Arkansas RB Knile Davis could be selected in the second- or third-round.

"Obviously, Davis’ leg/ankle that was injured two years ago will need to pass medical tests," Lande writes. "And he must try and convince teams he will do what it takes to overcome the fumbling issues he had at Arkansas, but with his upside we’ve been told he could be drafted significantly higher... than many expect." We believe Davis never returned to his pre-injury form.
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:07:00 PM

Arkansas junior RB Knile Davis will forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the 2013 NFL Draft.

Davis was considered one of the top running back talents prior to the 2011 season, but a broken ankle suffered in practice forced him to miss his true junior season. This year, the Razorback looked a step slow far too often, and despite a few flashy runs he gave way to senior Dennis Johnson as the team's lead ball carrier. Medicals will be a big part of Davis' draft process.
Wed, Dec 12, 2012 11:52:00 AM

Arkansas junior RB Knile Davis accounted for 31 rushing yards on seven carries, with 52 receiving yards on five receptions, Friday against LSU.

This was easily Davis' best performance of the last month after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury. The junior has one more season of eligibility due to a medical hardship waiver, but he may end up declaring for the 2013 Draft since the rest of his offense will be graduating. He is not the prospect he once was, but Davis is draftable on the third day.
Sat, Nov 24, 2012 10:00:00 AM

Arkansas redshirt junior RB Knile Davis is expected to play Saturday against Mississippi State after returning from a hamstring injury.

Davis has been sidelined for two weeks with the injury. In his last game against the Bulldogs, Davis rushed for 187 yards and two touchdowns, and an equal performance would easily be his best of the season. However, the redshirt junior looks like a much more tentative runner.
Thu, Nov 15, 2012 08:47:00 AM

Arkansas redshirt junior RB Knile Davis is not dressed for Saturday's game against South Carolina.

Davis lost his starting spot to senior Dennis Johnson a few weeks ago, and the latter is going for his third straight contest of over 100 rushing yards. Davis' ankle injury from last season has really changed his running style, and the once promising prospect looks far more tentative in 2012.
Sat, Nov 10, 2012 11:50:00 AM

Arkansas redshirt junior RB Knile Davis has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Tulsa with a hamstring injury.

Davis is now playing second fiddle in the Razorbacks backfield to senior Dennis Johnson, and rightfully so. In the past three games, Davis has 19 combined touches and is averaging 3.4 yards per carry on the season. The broken left ankle that sidelined him for the 2011 season has forced Davis to run more tentatively.
Tue, Oct 30, 2012 10:04:00 AM

Arkansas head coach John L. Smith indicated that junior RB Knile Davis would be a bigger part of the offensive gameplan Saturday against Kentucky.

"He's had a much better week than he had a week ago (in practice)," Smith said. "We're looking forward to (him playing more) and certainly hope that." Davis only carried the ball four time last week against Auburn, and Smith attributes the lack of touches to the junior's seven fumbles on the season. We attribute it to fellow back Dennis Johnson being the better player.
Sat, Oct 13, 2012 01:14:00 PM

SI's Tony Pauline stated that it "would be a mistake" for Arkansas junior RB Knile Davis to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.

Other than a few flashes, Davis has been dreadful this season and was replaced in the starting lineup by senior Dennis Johnson last weekend. The redshirt junior has a history of injuries, specifically a broken left ankle that kept him on the sideline last season, and they seem to be taking a toll on his running ability. Instead of exploding past tackler, Davis is consistently brought down on first contact.
Tue, Oct 9, 2012 09:39:00 AM

Arkansas junior RB Knile Davis will participate in Friday's scrimmage, the first full contact he will face since injuring his left ankle in a similar situation last year.

In fact, head coach John L. Smith's plan was to keep Davis from facing contest until the Razorbacks opener, but the running back refused. "I don’t know how many (carries he’ll get), to be honest with you. If he takes first hand-off, breaks three tackles and scores, that’s enough. That’s what you’d like to see," Smith stated. Davis is an excellent talent and, along with senior Dennis Johnson, they form the best duo in the country.
Fri, Aug 24, 2012 09:07:00 AM

Arkansas junior RB Knile Davis is "one step away" from being completely healthy for the 2012 season.

Davis was on his way to becoming one of the top backs in the SEC after his 1,119-yard, 12-touchdown campaign in 2010, but a broken ankle caused him to miss all of last season. The final step in his rehab will be facing contact, something that he'll do in the coming weeks. We have him ranked as the No. 2 junior running back after being awarded a medical redshirt.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Jul 25, 2012 11:37:00 AM

NFL Network's Chad Reuter compares Arkansas junior RB Knile Davis to Corey Dillon.

Reuter calls Davis a "bruising back" whose power and burst in the open field make him tough to bring down. The Razorback checks in at second on Reuter's list of top draft-eligible running backs, but could vault himself to the top with a productive and healthy year. Davis missed last season after suffering a broken ankle, but was granted a medical redshirt. In that time, senior Dennis Johnson emerged as a solid talent and the two will form an outstanding tandem behind senior quarterback Tyler Wilson.
Wed, Jul 18, 2012 09:37:00 AM

Getting fully back into game shape could go beyond the physical aspects for Knile Davis.

Knowing Davis was held out of contact drills this spring, coach John L. Smith acknowledged a major hurdle in the running back’s recovery process will be how he handles absorbing a couple of hits. Smith wasn’t referring entirely to the physical aspects of taking a pounding, but how Davis responds mentally. After all, coming off a lost season due to a fractured ankle, it would be natural for him to be tentative in hitting the line and looking for the holes.
Fri, May 25, 2012 10:08:00 AM

Running back Knile Davis, who missed the 2011 season with a broken ankle, will return to Arkansas.

No surprise here. After all, Davis missed an entire season and has two seasons of eligibility remaining. As strong as the Hogs were this past season, it will be interesting to see how they do in 2012 with Davis and QB Tyler Wilson in the back field -- assumimg Davis proves he is close to 100 percent. As a sophomore in 2010, Davis led the SEC in rushing with 1,322 yards.
Wed, Jan 11, 2012 11:40:00 AM