Arkansas coach John L. Smith said Saturday there is a plan in place for when running back Knile Davis will take part in the full-contact portion of fall practices.
Smith also said he's not quite ready for the rest of the world - or Davis, for that matter - to know that plan.
''He's not aware of it yet,'' Smith said following the Razorbacks' first scrimmage of fall camp in Razorback Stadium. ''He'll tell if I share it with him. He's a tattletale.''
Davis, who missed all of last season with an ankle injury, has taken part in each of Arkansas' practices this month and has faced the usual bumps that come with wearing pads. However, just as during the spring, Davis has yet to take part in a full-contact scrimmage - though he's completely recovered and coaches have said he'll do so prior to the season opener against Jacksonville State on Sept. 1.
The junior, who lead all Southeastern Conference running backs with 1,322 yards rushing two seasons ago, went through warm-ups Saturday morning. Once the scrimmage portion of practice began, Davis stood off to the side - holding his helmet in his hand and encouraging teammates at every opportunity.
Davis wasn't made available to talk following the scrimmage, but he's insisted throughout the spring and summer that he's comfortable with whenever his coaches decide to let him face full contact. He broke his left ankle last August when a teammate rolled up on him during a preseason scrimmage, and Razorbacks offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said earlier this week that his timetable for facing contact has been an ''ongoing conversation'' between coaches.
Smith said Saturday he would share the plan for Davis ''when the time comes.'' In the meantime, his teammates are excited at just the thought of his return to full action.