Knile Davis Begins Road to Recovery

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Knile Davis has been down the injury
road before.

The Arkansas running back hopes to use his past experiences for
his benefit while recovering from his latest setback. Davis, speaking publicly for the first time since fracturing his left ankle during a practice Aug. 11, says he has already returned to the weight room following surgery and is determined to return to top form.

The junior, who led Southeastern Conference running backs with
1,322 yards rushing last season, was injured when a defensive
lineman fell on his ankle. It's the third time he's broken an ankle, dating to high school, though the other two were the right one.

Davis also has broken his collar bone before, so he's well aware
of and is mentally prepared for the recovery process. He wheeled
his way into Razorback Stadium's visitor's locker room on Thursday,
using his good leg to propel the other one that rested on a scooter.

"It kind of helps," Davis said. "I know what to expect as far as rehabbing and things like that and trying to stay mentally tough.

"But it's just as hard as the rest of them, coming back."

Davis said the doctors haven't given him a timetable on his recovery time, though Petrino has said he is expected to miss the season. Davis said he's returned to the weight room for upper-body
conditioning and range of motion exercises, out of boredom if
nothing else.

"I'm just trying to get healed," Davis said.

Davis said he had no regrets about all the work he put in during
the offseason while trying to build on last year's breakout season.
Now, he's just focused on moving forward and preparing for the
future -- while continuing to support his teammates as a team
captain.

"I'm feeling pretty good," Davis said. "A little disappointed in what happened and the timing that it happened, but I'm positive. My teammates are keeping me positive, my friends and family."

Arkansas has turned to some kind of combination of Ronnie Wingo
and Dennis Johnson at running back in Davis' place. Razorbacks
coach Bobby Petrino expects the production to be picked up somehow, but he knows it won't be easy.

"We miss him," Petrino said. "We miss him a lot out there at practice. His effort, his smile, his toughness, but our players are working hard to make up for it.

"... Our players are excited about it and going to try and fill his role and fill his shoes."


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