Later today, injured South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore is expected to announce his intentions of turning pro early. But already today, another impressive SEC running back has announced that he’ll be leaving for the NFL, too.
Arkansas’ Knile Davis released a statement through the school praising the Razorback program and explaining why he’s leaving it early:
“Over the last few weeks, I’ve been very reflective in weighing my options. However after careful counsel with my family and support system, I’ve made the decision to forego my final year of eligibility and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. I sincerely look forward to working toward realizing my ultimate goal of becoming an NFL running back of the highest caliber.”
Fittingly, Davis ended his release with a “P.S. Woo Pig Sooie.”
Davis missed the 2011 season with a severe foot injury. He dealt with more injuries in 2012 — missing two games — and saw a limited number carries in several others. Davis’ high-water mark for the season came in the Hogs’ opener against Jacksonville State when he rushed for 70 yards on 18 carries. For the season he averaged just 3.37 yards per carry and mustered only 377 yards.
Healthy in 2010 (with Bobby Petrino calling plays), Davis rushed 204 times for 1,322 yards and led the SEC with a 6.48 yards-per-carry average.