Well folks, the countdown is under five. That gives us four days until Thursday night when the South Carolina Gamecocks travel to Nashville to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores. SEC football will be back and in a big way. What a way to open up the college football season. We only have four more players to preview in our Rant Sports, SEC 50 Players in 50 Day series. Today, on Tuesday of game week, we take a look at Arkansas running back Knile Davis.
Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas:
Arkansas will begin the John L. Smith era on September 1st when they take on the Jacksonville State Gamecocks. While the Gamecocks are a worthy opening opponent, I highly doubt we’ll see Jacksonville State repeat history and beat the Razorbacks like they did the Ole Miss Rebels in 2010. Arkansas returns a ton of elite talent, starting with quarterback Tyler Wilson. Also back is running back Knile Davis who missed the entire 2011 season with an injury.
Davis will be looking to regain the form that made him an All SEC selection in 2010. He rushed for 1,322 yards, which was the most by any running back in the SEC. Davis also scored 13 touchdowns, which was the tenth highest total in Razorback history. He also ended the 2010 season with five straight 100-yard games.
Arkansas will need Davis to once again carry the load, as they will be replacing their three top receivers on offense. Also gone is head coach Bobby Petrino who was an offensive mastermind. Don’t look for this Razorback offense to fall off the map though Bobby’s brother, Paul Petrino, will handle the play calling duties as he comes over from Illinois.
Arkansas will also get Alabama and LSU at home in 2012, which will be key in the Razorbacks making a run for Atlanta and the SEC Title.