Knile Davis

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Knile Davis
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Davis in the 2014 NFL season.
No. 34 Kansas City Chiefs
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-10-05) October 5, 1991 (age 24)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 227 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school: Missouri City (TX) Marshall
College: Arkansas
NFL draft: 2013 / Round: 3 / Pick: 95
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards

• First-team All-SEC (2010)

• Kansas City Chiefs record for longest play (108-yard kickoff return)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2015
Rushing attempts: 227
Rushing yards: 763
Receptions: 29
Receiving yards: 246
Total return yards: 1,660
Total touchdowns: 14
Player stats at

Knile Davis (born October 5, 1991) is an American football running back for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Chiefs in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Arkansas.

Early years[edit]

Davis was born in Missouri City, Texas. He attended Thurgood Marshall High School in Missouri City, where he was a two-sport star in football and track. He played as a running back for the Marshall Buffaloes football team. He was a four-star recruit according to[1] He was ranked the No. 3 running back prospect in the state of Texas, behind only Christine Michael and Waymon James.[2]

His prep football career was cut short by injuries. He played only four games in his junior year due to a fractured collarbone, finishing the season with 425 rushing yards and four touchdowns. As a senior, he suffered a broken ankle in the first game of the season, in which he had 33 carries for 278 yards and two touchdowns as well as three receptions for 46 yards. He missed the remainder of his senior season.[3]

In track & field, Davis competed as a sprinter and was a state-qualifier in the 200-meters and relays. He recorded a personal-best time of 21.68 seconds in the 200-meter dash at his district track meet as a junior.[4] He also competed as a member of the Marshall relay squads, posting times of 42.66 seconds in the 4 × 100m, 1:27.91 minutes in the 4 × 200m and 3:15.24 minutes in the 4 × 400m.[5] In addition, he also ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash, bench-pressed 360 lb, squatted 545 and power-cleaned 300.

College career[edit]

Davis lines up in the I-formation against the Texas A&M Aggies

While attending the University of Arkansas, Davis played for the Arkansas Razorbacks football team from 2009 to 2012. As a sophomore in 2010, he rushed for 1,322 yards with 13 touchdowns.[6] He led all SEC running backs in rushing yards, although quarterback Cam Newton of Auburn led the SEC in total rushing yards. Davis was a first-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press.

Davis was carted off the field from practice on August 11, 2011 with a left ankle injury. The injury was announced by the University of Arkansas the next day as season-ending.[7]

As a junior in 2012, Davis rushed for only 377 yards (3.4 avg), scoring two touchdowns.

Career statistics[edit]

Rushing Receiving
Year G Att Yds Avg TD Lg Rec Yds Avg TD Lg
2009 12 33 163 4.9 4 36 2 4 2.0 0 5
2010 13 204 1,282 6.3 13 71 19 140 7.4 1 30
2012 10 112 377 3.4 2 28 11 158 14.4 1 64
Totals 35 349 1,822 5.0 19 71 32 302 7.5 2 64

Professional career[edit]

2013 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 227 lb 29 34 in 8 58 in 4.37 s 1.49 s 2.49 s 4.38 s 6.96 s 33.5 in 10 ft 1 in 31 reps
All values from NFL Combine;[8]

2013 NFL Draft[edit]

In March 2012, Arkansas Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino announced that the 2012 season "will be [Davis'] last year and then he'll come out, go in the draft".[9] Indeed, Davis entered the NFL Draft, announcing his decision to forgo his final year of eligibility on December 12, 2012.[10] Davis was selected with the 96th pick by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Davis scored a 108-yard kick return touchdown in Week 13 vs the Denver Broncos. The return was tied for the longest return in NFL history. He saw limited time as a rookie behind All-Pro Jamaal Charles but made his first start in Week 17 against the Chargers and played extensively in a playoff loss to the Colts before suffering a knee injury. In 16 games on his rookie year in 2013, Davis had 242 rushing yards along with 75 receiving yards. He also returned 10 kickoffs for 321 return yards. In 2014, he rushed for 463 yards along with 147 receiving yards and 829 return yards on 29 return opportunities. In 2015, he returned 24 kickoffs for 603 return yards.[11]

With the Chiefs finishing the 2015 season 11–5, the team clinched a wild card spot. On January 9, 2016, in the Wild Card Round against the Houston Texans, Davis opened the game by returning a kickoff 106 yards for a touchdown. The Chiefs shut out the Texans 30–0.[12]


  1. ^ Knile Davis - Yahoo! Sports
  2. ^ Yahoo Sports: Ranking - running backs 2009
  3. ^ Neiswanger, Robbie (March 27, 2009). "Davis Takes Early College Route". The Morning News/Razorback Central. 
  4. ^ Pep Rally: Arkansas lands a big back - insider - ESPN
  5. ^ Knile Davis | Arkansas | Chiefs RB
  6. ^ Coaches All-SEC Team Announced Archived March 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Hogs' Knile Davis likely out for season". Associated Press. August 12, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ Knile Davis Draft Profile. Retrieved on 2013-10-09.
  9. ^ "RB Knile Davis healthy and set to return at spring practice for Arkansas". Victoria Advocate. March 13, 2012. 
  10. ^ Arkansas RB Knile Davis entering NFL draft
  11. ^ "Knile Davis career stats". Pro-Football Reference. Retrieved 10 January 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  12. ^ Teicher, Adam. "Knile Davis returns kickoff for TD in WC game against Texans.". ESPN. Retrieved 10 January 2016.  External link in |website= (help)

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