He used an analogy from his childhood at Monday's press conference to drive that point home when asked for a positive about the Razorbacks' 1-4 season.
"That nobody has hung up their shoes," Davis said. "Because in some situations all the way back to one of my middle school basketball teams guys have quit. After we lost four games, I remember I played at Ronald E. McNair Junior High, and after we lost four games, I had three teammates that literally didn't come to practice but we needed them because we only had seven players on the team. But they didn't come, they quit.
"It can be easy right now for some guys on this team to say, 'Hey, man, look. I'm a freshman. I'll just wait until next year,'" Davis added. "But they are not doing that. They accept the role. They understand that, 'Hey, we have a lot of football left to play.' And they are not quitting. They are not giving in.
"They are still showing up on time, going to class, doing the things they are supposed to be doing to be good football players," Davis continued. "That's a lot of credit that should be given to us for that because it's so easy in some situations just to give up."
Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson expressed some of the same sentiments when asked if his team was experiencing some resignation to the fact their lofty preseason goals were unreachable now.
"Resignation? I would not say that at all," Wilson said. "I feel like every week is an opportunity. Now, resignation of some of the goals we set previously? Maybe. But our goal, right now, and it has been since we started, is to go out and play each game every single week to the best of our ability. And we have an opportunity from this point on to do that. We feel that we can go out and compete hard and have ourselves in a position to win this week. As do I always feel like we can, if we do the things right."
Wilson stressed while the start to this season has been disappointing, it was not time to give in.
"It's disappointing," Wilson said. "Disappointing every week. Because you put a lot of work in and you feel like you work harder and harder each week to give yourself a little bit more of an advantage. And then there's a little bit more disappointment at the end of the game. Because you're a competitor you want to win.
"But I think there's only one way I know to work and that's to continue to work harder," Wilson added. "That way you don't have regrets. That way you're prepared to play. You understand your assignments. Our checks. Communication, everything that I need to do to do my job to the best of my ability and that's what I'll thrive on every week. I'm prepared to play so I do not have any regrets. I didn't come to prepare this week and that's why we got beat. That won't be the case."
Both Davis and Wilson talked about how they have tried to be leaders and pick their teammates up as frustration mounts.
"I think it's pride at this point," Wilson said. "I think you can speak until you're blue in the face and you get across sometimes and sometimes you might not. But at this point, look yourself in the mirror and know that what you do out there on the field is to the best of your ability and you're going to be prideful in doing it.
"Whether it be, whoever you play for," Wilson added. "If you play for yourself. If you play for your mom or your dad, whoever you play for. Everybody plays for different reasons. But be prideful in it. That's all I've asked. At this point, I think that's what you have to ask yourself and everybody else."
Davis said he is talking to the youngster and telling them just to do your best.
"You have to make them understand there is no way to be perfect playing the game of football," Davis said. "You can do your best every snap but it wouldn't be perfect. So when you do make those type of mistakes you have to put it behind you and play the next snap.
"We talk about that already but I guess we need to emphasize that more and help those guys understand that 'Hey, you are going to make mistakes but it's about the next play. We will make up for that. We will pick the slack up even if it's on the back end or the front seven. We will pick up the slack and we will get things done. "
Alfred Davis makes a tackle against Rutgers