Petrino Proud of Team

Bobby Petrino revealed the way the team felt when Knile Davis went down to injury in August. Petrino said it was a tough moment when running back was lost.

The Bobby Petrino approach when a player goes down with an injury: Close ranks and move forward. Several times it's been done successfully during his four years at Arkansas.

It's not as easy to do as Petrino might lay out. He gave a glimpse of what it's like to lose a player during his speech Thursday night at the White County Razorback Club at Searcy.

Petrino recalled the way Knile Davis' teammates felt during a scrimmage in August when the All-SEC running back went down with a season-ending broken ankle.

"It was hard on the team when he got hurt," Petrino said. "It sucked the air out of the team. We kept practicing, but I knew that all the team wanted to know was how was Knile.

"That's hard on a team to lose a player like that. He meant so much to us. He was the best running back in the SEC the previous season.

"To win 11 games after losing Knile, it's something I'm proud we overcame. To win 11 without Knile was special for this team."

Petrino was pleased to announce to the group -- to roars -- that the running back is back to 100 percent after surgery to his ankle. Petrino said Davis is cutting full speed and is "stronger than he was before the injury."

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