Petrino says Davis won't play this season

Even though junior running back Knile Davis has been back at practice for the last couple of weeks and doing some individual drills, Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said Wednesday that Davis would not be in a position to play this season.

“Obviously, Knile would like to play and he has been out at practice now for about three weeks, running around and doing some individual and doing a little bit of our run game,” Petrino said. “But he’s not in a position where he can play.

“He still has to have some [surgical] hardware taken out of his ankle.”

Davis, who led all SEC running backs with 1,322 rushing yards last season, fractured his ankle in the preseason and has yet to play in 2011.

There had been growing hope among Arkansas fans the last week or two with Davis’ return to the practice field that he might be able to come back and play this season.

The Hogs are ninth in the SEC this season in rushing offense, but have run the ball with more consistency here lately. Dennis Johnson getting healthy has been a big reason why, and Petrino also likes the way Ronnie Wingo has run the ball and the power that Broderick Green brings to the Hogs’ running game.

“I love the balance. That’s what we strive for, to be balanced, particularly on first-and-10,” Petrino said. “We’re going to run the ball when you want to on first down and when you have to in short yardage.”