Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Davis will play at Mississippi State
Knile Davis will play at Mississippi State.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas running back Knile Davis will play Saturday at Mississippi State, Razorbacks coach John L. Smith said Thursday.
Davis has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury suffered Oct. 27 against Ole Miss. The redshirt junior has rushed for 340 yards and 2 touchdowns this season.
"He's fine," Smith said. "If he were limited, we probably wouldn't play him. He says he's ready.
"He practiced all week."
In Arkansas' last trip to Mississippi State, Davis rushed for a career-high 187 yards in 2010. He missed last season with a broken ankle.
Smith said linebacker Terrell Williams will not make the trip to Starkville, serving the second game of an indefinite suspension for a drive while intoxicated arrest on Nov. 4. Williams, a senior, might play in the Razorbacks' regular season finale against LSU, Smith said.
In addition to Williams, the Razorbacks will be without receiver Brandon Mitchell, who will serve the final of a four-game suspension for a violation of team rules. Smith said Monday tight end Chris Gragg was doubtful to play against the Bulldogs, but did not update his status Thursday.
Gragg, who had a career-high 119 yards and 2 touchdowns against Mississippi State last season, has missed five of the last six games with a knee injury. The redshirt senior has played only two complete games this season and none since Sept. 8.