During the summer doldrums of sports news, many college football fans are starved for news and information regarding their favorite teams.
With that in mind, we at B5Q have decided to take a more detailed look at each walk-on contributor and scholarship player on the Wisconsin Badgers football roster for 2020 in a running feature, our 2020 returnee profiles.
Each weekday we will breakdown one player on the football roster to look back at their recruiting process, their career as a Badger to this juncture and lastly preview their potential contribution to the team in 2020 and beyond.
Today, we talk Danny Davis III.
Name: Danny Davis III
Position: wide receiver
2020 eligibility: senior
Recruiting info out of HS: 247 composite 4-star, No. 31 wide receiver, Springfield, Ohio.
2017 recruitment: A standout football player and basketball player in high school, Danny Davis was highly sought after on the recruiting front. A four-star athlete, Davis had offers from Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oregon, Penn State, Rutgers, Washington State and West Virginia among others.
After a long recruiting process, Davis opted to take official visits to Kentucky, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Kentucky was long presumed the favorite to land his services, but a late official visit right before signing day led to a signing day surprise for the Badgers.
Career statistics: 96 receptions, 1086 receiving yards, 175 rushing yards, 12 total touchdowns
2019 statistics: 30 receptions, 250 receiving yards, 110 rushing yards, two touchdowns
Player overview: An athletic play maker on the Wisconsin offense, Danny Davis has been a reliable wide receiver for the Badgers since stepping foot on campus and playing immediately as a freshman.
The 6-foot pass catcher has tremendous hands, and is capable of reeling in contested passes anywhere on the field. Acrobatic catches like his one-handed grabs against Purdue in 2018, and his 33-yard jump ball snag against Ohio State in the 2017 Big Ten Championship are just a couple of plays that demonstrate the flair he brings to the field.
After bursting onto the scene as a freshman with 418 receiving yards and five touchdowns, he proceeded to have a nearly identical performance as a sophomore. The reemergence of Quintez Cephus lessened opportunities for Davis in 2019, but he stilled showed flashes of the player that wowed people his first two seasons in Madison.
Best case scenario for 2020: After the entire receiving corps was overshadowed by Cephus last season, Davis emerges as the primary receiving threat for Wisconsin in 2020. The talented wideout grabs a team high 50 balls for 800 yards and five touchdowns, and puts himself firmly in the mix to have NFL opportunities post-graduation.
Likely role on team in 2020: Despite the losses of Cephus and A.J. Taylor, the Badgers still return a good chunk of their main receiving threats in 2020 with Jake Ferguson and Kendric Pryor also back. Davis averaged a stellar 16 yards per completion his freshman season, but only eight yards per opportunity last year. He possesses some of the best skill in the receiving room to be a down the field threat given his great hands and jumping ability, and I anticipate he will have more chances to show that next year.
I think the senior receiver will have a much improved season, especially if he can stay healthy and click with Jack Coan early.