Posted: Wednesday September 8, 2004 6:16PM; Updated: Wednesday September 8, 2004 6:23PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin running back Anthony Davis will miss at least three games with an eye injury that knocked him out of last Saturday's win over Central Florida.

Davis will be re-evaluated in about three weeks to assess a timetable for his return, coach Barry Alvarez said Wednesday. He has been under daily observation by the University of Wisconsin ophthalmologists since the injury.

Considered one of the country's top offensive threats, Davis gained 78 yards on 13 carries and scored a touchdown before leaving in the second quarter of No. 21 Wisconsin's 34-6 victory over Central Florida.

Davis delivered a vicious hit on a Golden Knights cornerback toward the end of a 21-yard run. But he got poked in his right eye and possibly got a tiny piece of rubber from the artificial surface in it as he was driven into the turf.

Davis' absence was a familiar sight for Badgers fans. The senior tailback, who is the school's No. 2 career rusher with 3,781 yards, missed all or parts of nine games last year with a high ankle sprain. He had been mentioned as a possible Heisman contender before spraining his ankle.

With Davis out, Badgers will have to go with a sophomore and two freshmen at running back.

Sophomore Booker Stanley replaced Davis on Saturday and ran 12 times for 47 yards, a 3.9-yard average. Freshman Chris Pressley, who carried eight times for 22 yards in mop-up duty in the fourth quarter, fumbled twice, including his first handoff.

Wisconsin hosts UNLV on Saturday before playing at Arizona Sept. 18 and Penn State Sept. 25 in the team's home opener.


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