Travis Hunter: A Versatile Talent Meeting Heisman Expectations Under Coach Deion Sanders

by Andrew Wright
Travis Hunter

Travis Hunter, the multi-faceted starting player for the Colorado Buffaloes, is swiftly validating the high expectations he set for himself, much in the same manner as Deion Sanders, the celebrated coach he chose to follow to Colorado.

“Travis embodies the essence of a top-tier player, as people in younger generations would put it,” Coach Deion Sanders remarked. Sanders himself was a dual-threat player in both college and professional football. “In a word, Travis has ‘arrived.'”

In his season debut, Hunter demonstrated his prowess on both offense and defense, participating in 129 plays during Colorado’s surprising 45-42 victory over the 17th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs.

“After the game, I can confidently say that I dominated the field,” Hunter stated. “Despite initial skepticism due to my self-rating as the number one Heisman contender, I am now receiving acclaim. The public and the coaching staff have finally acknowledged my potential.”

Prior to the onset of the season, Hunter signaled his ambitions in a social media post that featured him in his Colorado Buffaloes uniform with the caption, “HEISMAN LOADING….”

Despite it being just the first game of a rigorous season, Hunter’s stellar showing during his and his coach’s Power Five debut came against a TCU team that participated in the previous year’s national championship game. Hunter was among the 87 new recruits on a Colorado team that was considered a significant underdog in a high-temperature game.

“The physical demands are considerable, but that’s what medical treatments are for,” said the 6-foot-1, 185-pound cornerback and receiver. “I’m ready for the next game. My primary aim is to contribute to the team’s success, whether it’s on offense or defense.”

Hunter’s standout moments included a remarkable end-zone interception after TCU had driven 95 yards from their own one-yard line, as well as breaking up another potential touchdown pass. On offense, he caught 11 passes, including a remarkable 43-yard catch under defensive pressure, all of which contributed to a rapid succession of touchdowns by both teams in the second half.

This coming Saturday, Colorado faces former Big Eight and Big 12 rival Nebraska, in what will be the highlight game on Fox’s “Big Noon Kick Off” national broadcast for the second consecutive week.

Hunter was the nation’s top high school recruit when he shocked the college football world in December 2021 by opting for Jackson State, an FCS school, over Florida State to play under Sanders. During his freshman year at the Mississippi-based historically black college, Hunter concluded the season with notable statistics on both sides of the ball.

When Sanders was appointed as the head coach for a Colorado team that had struggled in the previous season, Hunter, along with quarterback Shedeur Sanders, the coach’s son, migrated with him to Colorado following Jackson State’s back-to-back Southwestern Athletic Conference titles.

“It’s astounding that our prior accomplishments have been amplified, as we’re now competing at a higher level,” said Shedeur Sanders, who set a school record by throwing for 510 yards in his Colorado debut.

Hunter’s 119 receiving yards in the game put him in an elite category as one of only four 100-yard receivers for Colorado that day. Moreover, he became the first FBS player in over two decades to accumulate 100 receiving yards and an interception in the same game.

“Two missed opportunities for deep balls could have virtually assured his Heisman candidacy,” Sanders said in a halftime interview with Fox.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Travis Hunter

Who is Travis Hunter?

Travis Hunter is a multi-faceted starting player for the Colorado Buffaloes college football team. He is notable for his skills on both offense and defense and has garnered attention for his Heisman Trophy ambitions.

Who is Coach Deion Sanders?

Deion Sanders is the head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes and a former dual-threat player himself in college and the NFL. He was also Travis Hunter’s coach at Jackson State before both moved to Colorado.

What was the outcome of the Colorado vs. TCU game?

Colorado defeated the 17th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs in a surprising 45-42 victory. Travis Hunter played a pivotal role in the win, participating in 129 plays and making significant contributions on both sides of the ball.

What are some of Travis Hunter’s key moments from the game?

Hunter made an incredible end-zone interception after a 95-yard TCU drive and broke up another potential touchdown pass. On offense, he caught 11 passes, including a 43-yard catch under defensive pressure.

What is the significance of Travis Hunter’s Power Five debut?

The game against TCU was significant because it was both Hunter’s and Coach Sanders’ debut in Power Five college football. Hunter’s performance was against a future Big 12 opponent that had participated in last year’s national championship game.

What were Travis Hunter’s prior college football achievements?

Before joining Colorado, Travis Hunter was a top high school recruit who opted to play at Jackson State, an FCS school, under Coach Sanders. During his freshman year there, he had impressive statistics on both sides of the ball.

What are the future games for Colorado?

The Buffaloes are scheduled to play their home opener against former Big Eight and Big 12 rival Nebraska. The game will be the feature on Fox’s “Big Noon Kick Off” national broadcast for the second consecutive week.

How has Travis Hunter indicated his Heisman ambitions?

Even before the season started, Travis Hunter posted on social media with a caption, “HEISMAN LOADING….” featuring him in his Colorado uniform. His performance against TCU has further stoked these ambitions.

What were the physical conditions during the Colorado vs. TCU game?

The game was a midday fixture with temperatures just under 100 degrees Fahrenheit, making it physically demanding for the players.

Who else migrated with Deion Sanders to Colorado?

Alongside Travis Hunter, quarterback Shedeur Sanders, the coach’s son, also transferred to Colorado when Deion Sanders took the head coaching job there. Both were part of the Jackson State team that won consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference titles.

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FootballFanatic September 3, 2023 - 11:15 pm

Sanders is the perfect coach for Hunter, both being dual-threat players. its a match made in heaven, folks.

HeismanWatch September 3, 2023 - 11:55 pm

If Hunter keeps this up, the Heisman isn’t just a dream. He’s making it a real possibility.

BuffaloesRule September 4, 2023 - 12:01 am

Finally, someone who can bring us back on the map. GO Buffaloes!

DataDigger September 4, 2023 - 12:09 am

129 snaps in a single game, and in those conditions? That’s just insane, physicality off the charts!

TransferTalk September 4, 2023 - 6:30 am

Shedeur Sanders also doing great, like father like son. Good they both moved to Colorado.

OldTimer September 4, 2023 - 9:50 am

Hunter reminds me of Bo Jackson back in the day. Dual-threat players are just special, period.

JohnDoe86 September 4, 2023 - 11:08 am

Wow, Travis Hunter is legit a beast. No wonder he’s eyeing the Heisman. Coach Sanders really brought the best outta him.

SkepticalSteve September 4, 2023 - 4:12 pm

okay, he had one good game. Let’s not start building statues yet, people.

TCULoyalist September 4, 2023 - 8:06 pm

Still can’t believe we lost that game, but gotta give credit where its due. Hunter is a star.

CollegeFan September 4, 2023 - 9:18 pm

the Buffs and Nebraska next week, can’t wait. that game is gonna be fire, mark my words.


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