|Updated: 7/19/2012 1:02 pm
||Published: 7/19/2012 1:01 pm
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas junior Knile Davis was named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List for the second consecutive year, it was announced Thursday.
Davis has been tabbed as a preseason first-team All-SEC running back by the conference’s coaches and media and also was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List last week. He was a first-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press in 2010, when he led all SEC running backs with 1,322 yards on the ground, the fourth-highest single-season total in school history. The junior from Missouri City, Texas, was named to numerous preseason All-America and All-SEC teams as well as watch lists for the Doak Walker, Maxwell and Walter Camp awards in 2011 before suffering an injury during a preseason scrimmage that forced him to miss the entire season.
In 2010, his average of 101.7 rushing yards per game ranked second in the SEC and 16th in the NCAA. His 6.48 yards per rushing attempt was the highest in the NCAA among running backs that carried the ball at least 200 times and ranked as the fifth-highest single-season average at Arkansas. He ended the season with five consecutive 100-yard rushing games, and his 157.8 rushing yards per game in November made him the only SEC player to average 100 yards per game on the ground in the season’s final full month.
The Doak Walker Award is presented to the nation’s premier running back by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum. Semifinalists for the award will be announced Nov. 9 and finalists on Nov. 19. The 2012 Doak Walker Award will be presented as part of The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN on Dec. 6.
To keep up with Davis and all other Razorbacks up for postseason awards, follow the Arkansas Football postseason awards campaign on Twitter @ARKTD2012.