REPORTS: Knile Davis, other Arkansas underclassmen weighing 2012 NFL draft options

Courtesy Wesley Hitt, Arkansas

After missing the entire 2011 season with an ankle injury, it appears as though Arkansas star running back Knile Davis is contemplating whether or not he’ll ever wear a Razorback uniform again.

Davis has reportedly told members of the media that he has submitted paperwork to the NFL’s advisory board, and is awaiting feedback from league scouts on his potential draft status. Once he receives that feedback, he will determine whether or not to enter the 2012 NFL draft.

“I would love to come back and do what I didn’t do this year, what I think I could have,” Davis told reporters on Sunday. “But at the same time, you know, a lot of different variables play a part in that and I have to take that under consideration.”

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino also addressed Davis’ status on Sunday.

“Obviously Knile would have an opportunity to come out if that’s what he so chooses,” Petrino said. “He’s still really determining what he is going to do. Obviously we’d love to have him come back. He’s a guy that would make a huge impact.”

Davis would be a redshirt junior if he were to return to Arkansas for the 2012 season.

Other Razorback underclassmen, including quarterback Tyler Wilson, wide receiver Cobi Hamilton, bunning back Dennis Johnson, defensive end Tenarius Wright, and tight end Chris Gragg have also submitted paperwork requesting feedback about their 2012 draft status from NFL scouts.

The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2012 NFL draft is Jan. 15.