Deion Sanders made a statement in his debut game at the helm for the University of Colorado Buffalos. Not only did his team upset Texas Christian University — a very well-accomplished football program in recent years — he took notes of those who doubted him and his squad and made sure to publicly call them out on it.
While Coach Prime was the main story coming out of Colorado’s victory over the Horned Frogs, it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of two of his star players, both of which caught plenty of attention and praise from the media as well.
While Coach Sanders came out of that contest with plenty of juicy soundbites to fill the news cycle, his son Shedeur Sanders made a name for himself with a four-touchdown, 500-plus-yard outing tossing the rock. One player, though, managed to outshine both the flashiest corner in all of NFL history and his son: Travis Hunter Jr.
Before the game even kicked off, Hunter was making headlines from the announcement that Coach Prime intended to play his star recruit both ways, as a cornerback and wide receiver.
While playing at an average level at both of those positions in the same game is a stellar achievement in itself, Hunter didn’t just survive as one of the few two-way players for a competitive squad in recent memory: he dominated on both sides of the ball.
On offense, he pulled down 11 receptions and totaled 119 yards and could have had himself an even bigger night if it weren’t for a couple of uncharacteristic drops, including at least one surefire touchdown. As a cornerback, though, he shined maybe even brighter, smothering his assignments all night despite garnering over 110 total snaps on the day.
He also came up with three tackles, a redzone interception, and a pass deflected. There’s little doubt now that Hunter can be an impactful player on both offense and defense, and his stamina has also proven to be rock-solid. The question now, though, is whether or not Hunter can sustain that level of production playing both sides of the ball for an entire season, especially if Colorado has serious postseason aspirations.
Hunter was already on NFL radars before he ever took a snap at the collegiate level, but with one game, he might be at the top of nearly every board for his class. Coach Prime now has the responsibility of protecting the most important player on his team and securing his NFL future.
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| Title: Can Travis Hunter Jr. play both ways all season?
| Author: Andy Quach
| Date: September 06th, 2023