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Zone read: SEC defense beware, Knile Davis is back and better than before

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The Zone Read is your college football primer to make you seem like the smartest person at the water cooler even if you're not.

Knile Davis may not see contact this spring football season, but Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino assured media Tuesday that his star running back was "100 percent and completely healed" from an August ankle injury that kept him out all of 2010.

"It's a decision we'll make of when is he ready mentally for it," Petrino said. "You need to get out there and move around and be with bodies around you and make sure that mentally you're ready and focused for when you're going to get hit.

"So I don't know if we'll do that this spring or wait until next fall. We really haven't made a decision yet."

Still, the fact that Davis is back in less than a year and able to get in game shape for the fall is encouraging.

Davis was a Heisman hopeful in 2011 after rushing for 1,322, which was the best among tailbacks and second only to Auburn quarterback Cam Newton in the SEC. And Davis is already showing he has no plans to let his surgically-repair ankle slow him down in 2012. According to Petrino, Davis was clocked at 4.33 seconds in a hand-timed 40-yard dash.

That should be enough proof that Davis is ready for fall camp. No need to test Davis with contact if you don't need to, especially after the Hogs were 81st nationally in rushing a year ago.

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Moving on: North Carolina isn't happy about the sanctions that were handed down by the NCAA on Monday, which included a postseason ban this year, but the team is ready to move on and move forward.

"The good thing about it is it's over," UNC coach Larry Fedora told the Charlotte News Observer. "It's out there. We know what it is. It's done. There's no more speculation.

"We know what it is now. And now we can move on."

North Carolina begins spring practice today and Fedora is happy that he's able to do so with a clean slate. Even though the Tar Heels can't enjoy the postseason that doesn't mean they'll be any less competitive. If anything, the adversity might pull them closer together.

"I'm not one to dwell on it," Fedora said on Tuesday. "I mean, it is what it is. It's about, OK, how do we react to this adversity that we've got? That's going to determine who we are. Let's just be positive and let's move forward and let's make it something good."

Tough spring for Mizzou QBs: Missouri starting quarterback James Franklin will miss part of spring football with a sprained shoulder.

Franklin suffered the injury during practice Tuesday and took himself out of practice. He'll be reevaluated, but it expected to return at some point before the spring season ends.

That leaves redshirt freshman Corbin Berkstresser as the No. 1 quarterback and junior Ashton Glaser as the backup, though Glaser was punched in the face and jailed on Sunday. There's been no word regarding whether he'll face any more disciplinary action from the team.

Sticky notes: Central Florida defensive tackle Jose Jose was kicked off the team after spouting off to coach George O'Leary… Oklahoma running back Dominique Whaley, who suffered an ankle injury last fall, is out for the spring, but should be back on the field in the summer… And Bill O'Brien confirms that Danny O'Brien (no relation) is interested in Penn State.

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