Arkansas looks to build on success from last season

SEC FOOTBALL SERIESToday: ArkansasTuesday: AuburnARKANSASCamp start: Aug. 4Opener: Sept. 3 against Missouri State at Reynolds Razorback Stadium (7 p.m. on pay-per-view)Fun fact: Bobby Petrino is the first coach to take two college programs to their first BCS bowls, leading Louisville to the Orange Bowl in 2006 and Arkansas to the Sugar Bowl last season.

Arkansas junior tailback Knile Davis showed up last Wednesday to Southeastern Conference media days fresh off a personal best in the bench press.

The 6-foot, 226-pounder from Missouri City, Texas, benched a stout 430 pounds last Monday and credited Razorbacks strength coach Jason Veltkamp for the motivation. What did Veltkamp do?

"He put a sign of Alabama in front of me," Davis said.

On an offense headed by Ryan Mallett and his talented receivers, Davis found more than enough running lanes to rack up 1,322 yards a year ago for a team that won 10 games and earned a Sugar Bowl bid.