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 focus our attention on running back Julius Davis.
Name: Julius Davis
Position: running back
2020 eligibility: redshirt freshman
Recruiting info out of HS: 247 composite 3-star, No. 35 running back, Menomonee Falls
2019 recruitment: After a huge season at Menomonee Falls High School his junior season, Julius Davis earned an early offer from the Badgers in November of 2017. Three days later, the prep standout chose to commit to John Settle and the staff over his other offer from Buffalo.
Despite his commitment to Wisconsin, his wild statistical numbers and strong junior tape led other Power-5 programs to still try to lure him away from hometown team. LSU, Notre Dame and USC each came in with offers following his commitment, but Davis didn’t budge.
Career statistics: redshirted in 2019, no games played
2019 statistics: redshirted in 2019, no games played
Player overview: Davis came hot out the gates a senior in high school, running for 537 yards and six touchdowns in his first two games. A core injury, though, derailed his season, and forced him to miss all of his freshman season at Wisconsin as well.
Forced to redshirt and get back to health last season, Julius Davis is still one of the more talented backs in the running back room at Wisconsin. His blend of balance, strength, and quickness make him a player that could develop into another stellar Badger back.
Best case scenario for 2020: With Jonathan Taylor and Bradrick Shaw no longer in the picture, carries are up for grab in the Wisconsin offense. Last season those two individuals combined to carry the ball 338 times.
After a redshirt season, a healthy Julius Davis is able to flash his skills in fall camp and become one of the primary running backs in the rotation.
Likely role on team in 2020: I think Davis will be in the conversation for carries come 2020. He has the physical traits, and his explosiveness is well documented on his Hudl tape.
Very good at breaking tackles, Davis is a player that should compete for touches with Nakia Watson, Isaac Guerendo, and Jalen Berger. How many attempts he is given is up in the air, but I would expect him to see playing time in 2020 in some way, shape, or form.