Davis Headed to the NFL

Arkansas running back Knile Davis has declared for the NFL draft and will skip his final season of eligibility.

In a move that surprised few, Arkansas running back Knile Davis has announced his intentions to enter the NFL draft with one year of college eligibility left.

Most thought Davis would be playing his last year with the Hogs in 2012 after missing the 2011 season with a broken ankle sustained in August and has battled with other similar injuries during his high school and college career.

Davis, a 6-0, 226-pound product of Missouri City, Texas, was an All-SEC selection as a sophomore in 2010 when he led the conference with 1,322 yards rushing.

Davis opened the 2012 season as the starter, but eventually lost the starting job to Dennis Johnson. He gained 377 yards in 112 carries, missing two games with a hamstring injury.

"In my four years at the University of Arkansas I've had many more ups than downs," Davis said in a statement released by his management team. "As a 17 year old coming to campus, I truly didn't know what to expect. But, with the help of the administration, staff, and my teammates, the experience has exceeded my expectation, in developing me both as a player and a man.

"Over the last few weeks, I've been very reflective in weighing my options. However, after careful counsel with my family and support system, I've made the decision to forego my final year of eligibility and enter the 2013 NFl Draft. I sincerely look forward to working towards realizing my ultimate goal of becoming an NFL running back of the highest caliber.

"I would like to thank my team for going through the grit and grind with me over the past four years. I also want to thank my position coach Tim Horton, offensive coordinators Paul Petrino, Garrick McGee, and head coaches John L. Smith and Bobby Petrino for their guidance and support.

"What I will remember most over the past four years has been the patience, support, and overall concern the Razorback Nation has shown me and my family after each setback. I will forever be a Razorback and will strive to make them proud on the next level."

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