olorado Buffaloes Star Travis Hunter Suffers Concussion, Expected to Miss “a Few Weeks”
Colorado Buffaloes star Travis Hunter suffered a concussion during the team’s double-overtime win against Colorado State on September 16, 2023. Hunter was hit hard by CSU safety Henry Blackburn while running a route as a wide receiver in the first quarter. He remained down on the field for several minutes before being helped to the sideline.
Hunter was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, where he was diagnosed with a concussion. He was released from the hospital later that day.
Blackburn was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play.
Colorado head coach Deion Sanders has said that Hunter will miss “a few weeks” with the injury. It is unclear when Hunter will be able to return to the field.
Impact of Hunter’s Injury
Hunter is one of Colorado’s most important players. He is a two-way star who plays both wide receiver and cornerback. His absence will be a major blow to the Buffaloes offense and defense.
On offense, Hunter is one of Colorado’s top playmakers. He has caught 12 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns in the Buffaloes’ first two games. He is also a threat to run the ball, having rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown in the Buffaloes’ season-opening win against TCU.
On defense, Hunter is one of Colorado’s top cornerbacks. He has broken up two passes and intercepted one pass in the Buffaloes’ first two games. He is also a physical tackler who is not afraid to come up and support the run.
What’s Next for Hunter and the Buffaloes?
Hunter will need to be cleared by doctors before he can return to the field. It is unclear how long that will take, but it is likely that he will miss at least a few games.
In the meantime, the Buffaloes will need to find ways to replace Hunter’s production on both offense and defense. On offense, Colorado could turn to Jordyn Tyson, Montana Lemonious-Craig, or Chris Autman-Bell to fill Hunter’s role at wide receiver. On defense, Colorado could turn to Jaylen Wright, Isaiah Pola-Mao, or Nikko Reed to fill Hunter’s role at cornerback.
The Buffaloes will also need to be careful not to overload Hunter with work when he does return. He will need some time to ease back into action and make sure that he is fully recovered from his concussion.
Travis Hunter’s injury is a major setback for the Colorado Buffaloes. However, the team has the depth to overcome his absence. The Buffaloes will look to their other playmakers to step up and fill the void left by Hunter.