Marquette men’s soccer made one final tweak to the 2017 roster on Friday when they announced the addition of forward Jason Davis to the roster.
Davis is listed by Marquette at 6’5” tall and weighing 225 pounds, which sounds absolutely ridiculous for a player that head coach Louis Bennett calls “a point forward.” If Davis can provide MU with the size and speed that the press release announcing his signing claims, the Marquette offense could be greatly improved from their mark of 26 goals in 2016, which was seventh best in the Big East. Even though Davis has a engineering degree in sports technology from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, his official Marquette bio page lists him as a senior, so he will only be with Marquette for the 2017 campaign.
Davis trained with Burton Albion FC from 2013-15 as the Brewers (I’m not making that up) ascended from Football League Two to Football League One and continued onwards into the Championship following the 2015-16 season. He also has experience playing with his collegiate team in the UK.
Davis is one of four transfers joining the Golden Eagles for this coming season along with Steffen Böhm (Florida International), Grant Owens (Saint Louis), and Brody Kraussel (Loyola-Chicago). In addition to those four players, Marquette will have six freshmen to work into the lineup, including Christian Albelo, the highest ranked recruit in program history. That’s 10 newcomers overall, which is a lot by any stretch of the imagination. Those 10 guys will be countering the departure of seven players from last season, and that number doesn’t include the loss of seniors John Pothast and Mac Wheeler. In addition to the 10 brand new players, there are also four redshirt freshmen who did not play last season. There’s clearly a lot of talent on the roster for 2017, but a lot of it comes in the form of players who have never dressed for Marquette in the past. It will be interesting to see how fast Bennett and his staff will be to organize this group into a coherent force as the season advances.
Marquette opens the 2017 season on August 25th when they visit Kentucky. The home opener is set for September 1st against Illinois-Chicago.