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Update: Tuesday, Jan. 10
Below is a statement from Knile Davis as released by the UA:
I have made the decision to return to the University of Arkansas for the 2012 season as I am determined to help this program accomplish the goals we have set in place. My injury was unfortunate, but I feel I have worked extremely hard for the opportunity to lead the Razorbacks on the field. Through my setback last season, I remained positive and was committed to persevering and I plan to apply those principles to this year’s team. I believe Coach (Bobby) Petrino is the best coach in America, and he has put this program back on the national stage. He has instilled in everyone the expectation to be great and that we will win championships. I want to thank Chancellor (David) Gearhart and (Director of Athletics) Jeff Long for setting such great examples on how to operate every day. You can tell the leadership at Arkansas truly cares about us as people and has put the resources in place for us to reach our goals, and that is very special. Also, our fans make playing for the Razorbacks a great experience. I can’t wait for another season with them and my teammates in 2012.
Original Post: Monday, Jan. 9
After weighing his NFL-options over the last few weeks, it appears as though Arkansas running back Knile Davis will return to Arkansas for at least one more year.
According to a report at 247Hogs.com, a new publication that covers Razorback sports, Davis has told head coach Bobby Petrino that he intends to return to Arkansas after missing the entire 2011 season with an ankle injury.
Good news out of Fayetteville: Knile Davis tells coaches he’s coming back for next season.
— 247 Hogs (@247Hog) January 10, 2012
In his freshman and sophomore seasons with the Razorbacks in 2009-2010, Davis gained 1,485 rushing yards and scored 17 touchdowns on 237 carries and caught 21 passes for 140 yards and one touchdown.
The Texas native dressed out for Arkansas’ appearance in the Cotton Bowl last week, but did not play in the game.
If the report is correct, Davis would be a redshirt junior at Arkansas in 2012.