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Wisconsin Football Program Loses Running Back to Transfer Portal



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Madison, Wis. — After four seasons with the Wisconsin football program, running back Julius Davis has officially entered the transfer portal and will finish his collegiate career elsewhere.

“I’d like to thank God for all of the blessings and opportunities you have provided me,” Davis said in a statement announcing his decision. “I am grateful for all of my relationships that have been built with the coaches, my brothers, and those I have met throughout my time at the University of Wisconsin. I’d like to thank Paul Chryst and John Settle for giving me an opportunity to be a part of this brotherhood that I will always cherish. To coach [Luke] Fickell and staff, thank you for bringing in a new mindset to this program and showing our team what greatness consists of. I will be graduating with my bachelor’s degree at UW-Madison this spring while exploring options to maximize my remaining eligibility.” 

Davis, now a fifth-year senior, was a highly touted prospect coming out of high school in Menomonee Falls.

During his breakout junior season, the in-state product carried the ball 257 times for 1,762 yards and 17 touchdowns, putting him squarely on the national radar and earning him four-star recruiting status by most major outlets. He chose UW over offers from LSU, Notre Dame, and USC.

Wisconsin Football Offered Limited Opportunity For Julius Davis

In four seasons with the Wisconsin football program, Julius Davis carried the ball just 35 times for 200 yards while catching the ball once for an additional three yards. 

With the Badgers returning several talented running backs in 2023, including Braelon Allen, Chez Mellusi, and Jackson Acker, Davis faced an uphill battle for playing time. Rather than wait and hope for a chance to emerge, he has decided to take matters into his own hands and search for a situation where he can play a more significant role.

The 6-foot, 200-pound tailback has two years of eligibility remaining. 

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