Arkansas has wasted no time in issuing a press release on the status of star running back Knile Davis, following a grisly injury in Thursday's practice. As reported late last night, the would-be Heisman contender will miss the entire 2011 season with a broken ankle:
"I am extremely disappointed for Knile," UA head coach Bobby Petrino said. "He is a captain who was incredibly focused on the upcoming year. His leadership throughout the offseason was significant in the development of this team. Our athletic trainers and medical staff are the best in the country, and Knile's mental toughness will be an asset to him during the recovery process. I am fully confident in the mindset of our running back group and their ability to perform."
On that last point, Petrino is entirely accurate. With Ronnie Wingo and Dennis Johnson healthy in the stable, there's no reason to think the Razorbacks can't remain competitive even in the deep and dastardly SEC West. But for even non-Arkansan fans of the game, 2011 just lost some luster.