Knile Davis named to Doak Walker Award watch list

FAYETTEVILLE -  Arkansas junior running back Knile Davis has been named to the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top college running back.

A native of Missouri City, Texas, Davis was named first-team All-SEC by the AP and second-team All-SEC by the conference's coaches in 2010 after becoming just the 10th player in Arkansas history to post a 1,000-yard season on the ground. Davis rushed for 1,322 yards, the most by a running back in the SEC and the fourth-highest single-season total in program history. His 6.48 yards per rushing attempt was the highest average 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. His average of 101.7 rushing yards per game ranked second in the SEC and 16th in the NCAA. He also ranked sixth in the SEC with 13 rushing touchdowns, tied for the 10th-highest single-season total in Arkansas history, and tied for sixth in the SEC for points by a non-kicker with 84. His six 100-yard rushing games tied for the fourth-highest single-season total in school history.

The field will be narrowed down to 10 semifinalists on November 11 and the winner of the award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 8 on ESPN. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas, in February 2012.

The award, in its 22nd year, is named for SMU's three-time All-American running back Doak Walker. It is the only major collegiate award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification.