Knile Davis says he's still SEC's best RB

HOOVER, Ala. -- Knile Davis might have lost a year of his football life, but he never lost his confidence.

During last year's SEC media days, Davis proudly proclaimed that he was the league's best running back. This time around, nothing was different. Even after the ankle injury that took his 2011 season away, Davis still believes he's at the top of the running back list in the SEC.

"Still the best," Davis told ESPN.com on Wednesday. "I'm still the best running back in the SEC. I think they're good, but I feel like I'm the best because of the things I put into it. I bring everything to the game. I don't want to say I don't have a flaw, like I'm perfect, but I don't think you can find a better running back."

Davis started sprinting and cutting late last fall but didn't go through contact this spring. He insists he could have taken some hits this spring but understood the coaches' orders of holding him out and not risking injury.

Now he's ready to get back to his ways of carving up defenses, like he did during the second half of the 2010 season, when he rushed for 1,028 yards and 12 touchdowns in the Hogs' final seven games.

Davis says he's the best, and he'll have a chance to prove it this fall against two other top backs who are also coming off of season-ending injuries in South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore and Texas A&M's Christine Michael.

Davis knows and respects both, but he's looking to sprint by them in the rushing race this season.

"We'll see [who's the best rusher]," he said. "It'll be exciting."