Yesterday was one of the best days of the year. The beginning of college football season. And with the beginning of the greatest time of the calendar year, we were graced with one of the most incredible performances ever produced on a football field.
Travis Hunter, the Shohei Ohtani of college football, showed the world on a national stage yesterday why he is the greatest athletic prospect to come out of college since Bo Jackson. Against TCU, the 2022-23 National Runner Up, Hunter dominated literally every aspect of the game and showed the world that "He is HIM" as Deion Sanders affectionately said.
There's great debate over which position Hunter should play: Wide Receiver, or Cornerback. We'll settle the debate later, but for now let's start with his offensive performance yesterday. Hunter played 64 snaps on offense, totalling 11 receptions for 119 yards.
If it wasn't for two drops like this one, Hunter would have had WAY more receiving yards and 2 more touchdowns on some incredible run deep routes.
Hunter not only has the speed to run some deadly deep routes, but he showed the ability to make quick releases in the slot and make guys miss on the outside. With a high level quarterback in Shedeur Sanders throwing Hunter the football, he could make plenty of noise as a receiver in 2023.
After watching Hunter DOMINATE on offense, college football fans were given the opportunity to watch Travis Hunter played 80 defensive snaps against TCU, one of the top offenses from 2022.
Hunter was targeted nine times, only allowing three catches for a 50.9 passer rating allowed. The former five-star recruit added 3 pass breakups and a goal line interception.
The young man was looking like prime Charles Woodson on offense, played almost every single defensive snap and all of that after also being one of the main focus pieces on what may become the fastest paced offensive unit in college football.
Travis Hunter has been doing this since he was in 8th grade. The Georgia native has been dominating football his entire the career, including leading the nation in interceptions his sophomore year of high school. It appears that learning from the two-way NFL star Deion Sanders has been the best decision Hunter could have ever made.
Colorado and Hunter: What do they do?
So what does the two-way star do? Play both ways. Before injuries, Shohei Ohtani was on track to become the highest paid MLB player ever. Why? Because he could pitch and hit. Until Hunter is unable to play both ways at a high level, it is to his utmost advantage, and the advantage of Colorado University, to maximize the talent. What do they say?
"Let the kids play"