FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas junior running back Knile Davis will be featured in the newest issue of Sports Illustrated, which hits newsstands later this week, and is mentioned on the cover as a Heisman hopeful. SI writer Lars Anderson and photographer Todd Rosenberg were in Fayetteville last week to interview and photograph Davis for the story.
Anderson’s profile of Davis focuses on the running back’s relationship with his late stepfather, Warren Morgan, and how Davis’ dedication has allowed him to continue to bounce back from injuries. Anderson also looks at the impact Davis has on the Razorback offense and the team’s goals for 2012. The story mentions other 2012 Heisman frontrunners, including UA quarterback Tyler Wilson, who was a first-team All-SEC selection in 2011 after completing 277-of-438 passes for 3,638 yards and 24 touchdowns in his first season as the starter.
Davis was an All-SEC performer in 2010 after leading all conference running backs with 1,322 rushing yards, the fourth-highest single-season total in school history. He averaged 6.48 yards per rush, which was the highest average in the NCAA among running backs that carried the ball at least 200 times. His average of 101.7 rushing yards per game ranked second in the SEC and 16th in the NCAA, and he also ranked sixth in the conference with 13 rushing touchdowns. Davis ended the season with five consecutive 100-yard rushing games before missing the entire 2011 season due to an injury he suffered in the first fall scrimmage.