Davis: I Can't Wait for 2012 Season

Knile Davis called Bobby Petrino "the best coach in America" as he announced plans to return to Arkansas for another season. The All-SEC running back missed the 2011 season with a broken bone in his ankle and was evaluating his NFL draft status.

Knile Davis will be back for the 2012 season. The junior running back sat out the just completed season with a broken bone in his ankle sustained in August practices. He announced his intentions to remain a collegian on Tuesday through a statement released by the school.

Davis rushed for 1,322 yards and 13 touchdowns to spark the Hogs to a 10-3 season and a berth in the BCS Sugar Bowl in 2010. He rushed for over 100 yards in six of the last seven games of that season, including 139 in the Sugar Bowl. He was named first team All-SEC by the Associated Press following the 2010 season. He averaged 157.8 yards per game in November.

Davis was listed on most pre-season All-SEC teams before his ankle injury in the first scrimmage of preseason. He had to have surgery to insert a pin in the ankle. Davis returned to practice for most of the final month of the season, but was ruled out of the bowl game because the pin had to be removed in early December.

"I have made the decision to return to the University of Arkansas for the 2012 season as I am determined to help this program accomplish the goals we have set in place," Davis said. "My injury was unfortunate, but I feel I have worked extremely hard for the opportunity to lead the Razorbacks on the field.

"Through my setback last season, I remained positive and was committed to persevering and I plan to apply those principles to this year's team. I believe Coach (Bobby) Petrino is the best coach in America, and he has put this program back on the national stage. He has instilled in everyone the expectation to be great and that we will win championships.

"I want to thank Chancellor (David) Gearhart and (Director of Athletics) Jeff Long for setting such great examples on how to operate every day. You can tell the leadership at Arkansas truly cares about us as people and has put the resources in place for us to reach our goals, and that is very special. Also, our fans make playing for the Razorbacks a great experience. I can't wait for another season with them and my teammates in 2012."

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