Arkansas junior running back Knile Davis will forgo his final year of eligibility in order to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
"I sincerely look forward to working towards realizing my ultimate goal of becoming an NFL running back of the highest caliber," Davis said in a statement.
CollegeFootballNews.com first reported the news earlier Wednesday.
The Missouri City, Tex. native had a star-crossed career as a Razorback that detoured following a season-ending ankle injury in August of 2011 that kept him from playing a down. Just a year earlier, he was one of the country’s breakout stars, erupting for 1,322 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground. He went well over 100 yards in six of his final seven games that season, including against South Carolina, LSU and Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl.
However, the injury during fall camp was a significant blow at a time when the consensus was that 2011 might have propelled Davis into Heisman contention and one of the early rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft.
"In my four years at the University of Arkansas I’ve had many more ups than downs," Davis said. "... But, with the help of the administration, staff, and my teammates, the experience has exceeded my expectation, in developing me both as a player and a man."
After rehabbing his way back to full-strength, and taking part in spring drills, he was given a clean bill of health by the Arkansas staff prior to the 2012 season. In the end, it didn’t matter.
Like so many Hogs this past fall, the running back was swept up by the program’s onslaught of off-field and on-field problems. The team, ranked No. 10 in the preseason, finished 4-8 after a tumultuous season that started with the dismissal of head coach Bobby Petrino.
Davis missed time this season with a hamstring problem, struggled to find daylight and snaps and wound up with just 377 yards and two scores on 112 carries.