Star Player Travis Hunter Injured in Rivalry Game: Colorado State vs. Colorado

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BOULDER, CO - SEPTEMBER 16: Colorado Buffaloes cornerback Travis Hunter (12) during warmups before the Rocky Mountain Showdown against the CSU Rams at Folsom Field September 16, 2023. (Photo by Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

In a dramatic turn of events during the game against Colorado State, star player Travis Hunter endured a brutal late hit that left the football world in shock. Although Hunter initially returned to the field, he was ultimately forced to exit the game before the start of the second half and did not make a comeback.

ESPN’s Quint Kessenich reported that Hunter was promptly taken to a local hospital for evaluation, marking an unexpected end to his night in Colorado’s heated rivalry matchup against the Rams.

Travis Hunter has been nothing short of a sensation in the college football arena during his debut year with Deion Sanders at Colorado. Leading up to Saturday’s game, he had already logged 183 snaps on defense and 157 snaps on offense, according to PFF statistics. As a wide receiver, Hunter had 14 receptions for 192 yards. On the defensive front, he had accumulated five tackles, three pass breakups, one interception, and had allowed only three receptions out of 10 targets.

However, the drawback of having a versatile talent like Hunter is that his absence means the Buffaloes are deprived of one of their top wide receivers and their premier cornerback simultaneously.

Star Player Travis Hunter Injured in Rivalry Game: Colorado State vs. Colorado
BOULDER, CO – SEPTEMBER 16: Colorado Buffaloes cornerback Travis Hunter (12) gets fired up during warmups before the Rocky Mountain Showdown against the CSU Rams at Folsom Field September 16, 2023. (Photo by Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

After Saturday’s game, Coach Sanders disclosed that his star two-way player would be sidelined for “a few weeks.” While awaiting further updates, Coach Sanders emphasized the importance of Hunter’s health.

“We’re going to do what we’ve got to do to take care of him,” Sanders stated during his press conference. “So I know Travis like a book, he probably is going to want to be out for two weeks, but we’ve got to make sure his health is more important than this game.”

Hunter suffered a brutal hit during the first quarter of the game from Colorado State safety Henry Blackburn and faced difficulties getting back on his feet on the sideline. Despite briefly returning before the end of the first half, he did not participate in the second half, leading to his official ruling out from the game and subsequent hospitalization.

The incident that led to Hunter’s injury occurred when Colorado quarterback Shedeur Sanders overthrew Hunter. While it was ruled as pass interference, Blackburn delivered a late hit on Hunter after the ball had hit the ground. This late hit by Blackburn drew significant attention and criticism from the sports world.

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