According to ESPN’s broadcast, Colorado’s two-way standout Travis Hunter was rushed to a nearby hospital following the Buffaloes’ 43-35 victory against rival Colorado State on Saturday night. Hunter, who plays wide receiver and cornerback for the No. 18 Buffs, made an early impact on the Heisman Trophy race with his performance in the season’s first two games after transferring from Jackson State.
Hunter, who was playing wide receiver, was struck hard by Colorado State defender Henry Blackburn during the first quarter of the game and had to be helped off the pitch by trainers. Blackburn received an unneeded roughness penalty. Hunter returned to the game after the hit and made a tackle in the second quarter before exiting for good.
It was unclear if Blackburn’s hit was to blame for Hunter’s exit, but it provided an early flashpoint in a battle that was already tense. After the hit in Hunter’s defence, CU quarterback Shedeur Sanders confronted Blackburn.
Hunter was listed as the No. 1 overall talent in the Class of 2022 and startled the college football world by picking Jackson State and Sanders over a long-standing commitment to Florida State. He’s formed a good friendship with Sanders, who also played offence and defence in college.
While Hunter’s endurance as a two-way player averaging 100-plus plays per game has been called into doubt, Sanders has said that his experience in a comparable capacity makes him particularly qualified to manage Hunter’s workload.