By: Sean Cartell
SEC Digital Network
HOOVER, Ala. – Arkansas' Knile Davis enters the 2012 campaign as one of the Southeastern Conference’s top running backs. After sitting out the entire 2011 season with an injury that he sustained in preseason practice, Davis returns this season with high expectations for both himself and his team.
Davis spoke to the media on Wednesday as part of the Southeastern Conference’s annual Football Media Days. Here’s a sampling of questions that he answered on Wednesday in his session with the media:
Q: How tough was it to sit out last season with an injury?
“It was very tough to sit out, but I think the team did very good last year. We’re just looking to build on that this year. My hunger level is on starving. I haven’t played in a long time.”
Q: What are your thoughts on Coach John L. Smith and what has he brought to your team?
“John L. just brings a different style of coaching, but I think it’s good for us. He’s been here before and we still have the same coaching staff that we’ve had. I think that we’re good to go. We all decided that they picked John L. to come back as the head coach and we’re all behind him. He has just kind of told us to plan and that nothing has changed, the goals are all the same.”
Q: What are your goals or things you would like to accomplish entering the 2012 season?
“First of all, I want to have a better season than I did in 2010; I want to build on that. Other than that, I just want to win games. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about, winning games.”
Q: What do you expect from the Arkansas offense this season? Do you expect to see many changes from past years?
“Not a whole lot; I think you are going to see similar things and similar schemes that will be used. I think it’s going to be a very balanced offense. I think Tyler [Wilson] is going to do his thing in the passing game and I think myself, Dennis Johnson and Ronnie Wingo are going to do our thing in the running game.”
Q: How much easier does it make your job when you have a quarterback like Tyler Wilson directing the offense?
“I wouldn’t say easier, but it makes me comfortable. When you have a guy like Tyler in the huddle, it just makes everybody feel comfortable because he knows what he’s talking about, he knows how to get you in the right checks. I think the whole offense feels that way.”