Arkansas running back Knile Davis has been practicing with the Razorbacks for the past few weeks. But it doesn't mean the junior will be on the field soon.
Arkansas running back Knile Davis has been practicing with the Razorbacks for the past few weeks. But it doesn’t mean the junior will be on the field soon.
Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino, speaking on the Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference Wednesday, said Davis is “not in a position” to play in the Razorbacks’ final two regular season games.
“He’s not playing,” Petrino said. “He’s been out there running around in practice now for about three weeks, but he’s not in a situation where he can play.”
The topic flared up this week after Davis indicated, via Twitter, he was finally moving like he used to.
Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee confirmed Tuesday night Davis is practicing with the team, but added he doesn’t “get to make those decisions” when asked if the Razorbacks still planned to keep Davis off the field this season.
Davis was the SEC’s leading returning rusher after gaining 1,322 yards with 13 touchdowns last season, but suffered a broken ankle during Arkansas’ first preseason scrimmage on Aug. 11. Dennis Johnson (508 yards), Ronnie Wingo (380) and Broderick Green (153) have handled the bulk of the rushing load without him.
Petrino did say Wednesday that Davis — who can redshirt and have two years of eligibility remaining for 2012 and 2013 — wants to play this season. He once again reiterated Davis isn’t ready, saying the running back “still has to have some hardware taken out of his ankle” before he’d be available for gameday.
“He has been out in practice now for about three weeks, running around, doing some individual, doing a little bit of our run game,” Petrino said. “But he’s not in a position where he can play.”
— Robbie Neiswanger