FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas running back Knile Davis’ long wait for live contact may finally end in Razorback Stadium on Friday.

Coach John L. Smith said he anticipates Davis participating in the Razorbacks' mock game in preparation for the season opener against Jacksonville State on Sept. 1.

If Davis does participate in the scrimmage, which is closed to the public, it would signal the first time Davis has been tackled since suffering a fractured ankle during Arkansas’ first preseason scrimmage last August. Davis missed the entire 2011 season because of the injury.

Smith said he didn’t know how much work Davis would receive during the mock game, but said the scrimmage would last no longer than 40 plays.

“It’s a deal like if he takes the first handoff and breaks three tackles and scores, then that’s enough - which you’d like to see,” Smith said. “That’s going to be something that we’ll kind of play by ear and let Knile kind of determine a little of that.”

Smith said he was preparing to hold Davis out of every scrimmage this preseason, but said Davis talked him out of it.

“My intent after we get talking and watching and practicing and thinking every night, I finally came up with a deal that ‘I’m not going to play him (until the game),” Smith said. “And then he vetoed me. And that’s perfectly honest.”

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau