Bahn: Could Holding Knile Davis From Full Contact Be Best For Razorbacks At This Point?

by Chris Bahn  on Friday, Mar. 30, 2012 1:00 pm  

How much contact Knile Davis gets this spring is still up for debate at Arkansas. (Photo by Mark Wagner)

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None of the available backs have displayed Davis’ all-around abilities out of the backfield. Ronnie Wingo Jr. hasn’t shown the initial burst at the line of scrimmage or a desire to initiate contact the way Davis does. Dennis Johnson has speed and toughness, but has ball security issues. Kody Walker is still too young to make a good read on him, though his 2011 did get off to a promising start before injury sidelined him.

There is an argument to be made those guys need the work more than Davis at this point.

Petrino's decision surely comes down to this: Is it in the long-term best interest of the team and the player to have Davis scrimmage this spring?

Specifically, what options provide the best opportunity for having Davis ready — and healthy — for Alabama and LSU?

Davis will be critical to beating those teams. His absence last season wasn’t solely the reason for the 24-point losses to the Crimson Tide and Tigers, but with a healthy Davis the Razorbacks were much more competitive against those teams in 2010.

It is good Davis appears ready for contact now. But it’s Sept. 15 and Nov. 24 that matter the most. Arkansas has plenty of time before those games to get Davis ready.

Why rush it?



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