Hog running back Knile Davis to miss 2011 season with ankle injury

Arkansas junior running back Knile Davis injured his ankle at practice Thursday night, and will miss the 2011 football season according to a university release.

“I am extremely disappointed for Knile,” said UA head coach Bobby Petrino. “He is a captain who was incredibly focused on the upcoming year. His leadership throughout the offseason was significant in the development of this team. Our athletic trainers and medical staff are the best in the country, and Knile’s mental toughness will be an asset to him during the recovery process. I am fully confident in the mindset of our running back group and their ability to perform.”

In two seasons with the Razorbacks, Davis has gained 1,485 rushing yards and scored 17 touchdowns on 237 carries and caught 21 passes for 140 yards and one touchdown. He has appeared in all 26 games during his career with nine starts.

Davis was the projected starter at running back for the 2011 Hogs, and had racked up pre-season honors on the Maxwell Award Watch List, College Football Performance Awards Running Back Trophy Watch List, Doak Walker Award Watch List, and Walter Camp Award Watch List this year. He was also a pre-season second-team all-SEC selection heading into the 2011 season.