Knile Davis was a breakout star for Arkansas in 2010. As a sophomore, the running back piled up 1,322 yards and 13 touchdowns en route to a second-team All-SEC selection. His rushing total that year was the most for any running back in the conference, although Auburn quarterback and Heisman winner Cam Newton tallied more.
However, things did not go quite so smoothly over the next two seasons. Davis wound up breaking his ankle and missing the entire 2011 campaign. He was supposed to get back on track in 2012 and, along with quarterback Tyler Wilson, help lead the Hogs to a conference and perhaps national championship.
Then Bobby Petrino took a motorcycle ride and Davis decided he was basically done in Fayetteville. He declared before the season even began that he would be leaving afterwards, no matter what happened.
Ten games and only 377 rushing yards later, Davis was true to his word, bolting the squad for the professional ranks.
Davis was chosen with the No. 96-overall selection by the Kansas City Chiefs and he plans on giving the franchise and the fans a little something extra.
Just got my new #NFL jersey number – 35 – because I’m not just going to give 4 qtrs of number 7 but also something extra
— Knile_0r_Never (@BoobieKnile_Era) May 6, 2013
We are always left to wonder why players pick certain numbers over others, or why they are beholden to one specifically as they change teams.
Now we know why Davis will be wearing No. 35 at the professional level.