No contact yet for RB Knile Davis

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Knile Davis' return to contact will have to wait just a bit longer for Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino.

The Razorbacks took part in their first scrimmage of the spring on Friday, but Davis didn't take part in contact drills during the team's first scrimmage.

The practice was the first open one this spring for the Razorbacks, who were 11-2 last season and won the Cotton Bowl over Kansas State.

Davis, returning to the field after an ankle injury cost him all of last season, has taken part in all of the Razorbacks spring practices. Petrino said Davis' status will be taken on a week-by-week basis.

"He's been doing everything full speed," Petrino said. "He's been cutting, making everything, looks good. There's just something in consulting with our medical staff, and we made the decision that let's not tackle him today."

The junior led all Southeastern Conference running backs with 1,322 yards two seasons ago, averaging 147 yards per game over the final seven games of the season.

He was a preseason second-team All-SEC selection last season before injuring his ankle.

Davis took part in the non-contact portion of practice on Friday before Arkansas split into offensive and defensive units. At that point, he stood behind the offense throughout the scrimmage.

Quarterback Tyler Wilson threw four touchdowns, while running back Dennis Johnson ran for three more during the scrimmage.

Petrino, meanwhile, said Davis made it clear he's ready to take part in contact.

"He always wants to," Petrino said.

The Razorbacks have two more scrimmages scheduled, on April 6th and 13th, while the spring game is scheduled for April 21st.