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Travis Hunter explains favorite part of playing receiver: 'I like to make people look bad'

On3 imageby:Dan Morrison04/06/23


Travis Hunter shocked the college football world when he chose to play for Deion Sanders at Jackson State. There, the former five-star recruit from the Class of 2022 played both defensive back and wide receiver.

Since Sanders left Jackson State for Colorado, Hunter followed in the transfer portal. There, he spoke about why he loves to play wide receiver.

“That’s my favorite thing,” Travis Hunter smiled. “I like to make people look bad.”

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“It’s just funny to me. It’s just me going out and wanting to dominate. I want to go out and dominate everything I do. So, pretty much me going to dominate them is just natural to me.”

Colorado wide receiver coach Brett Bartolone spoke about Travis Hunter as well, praising him for his athleticism and how coachable he is.

“He’s a natural receiver and he’s obviously a very gifted athlete. So, yeah, I get the pleasure of coaching him,” Bartalone said. “And one thing about Travis a lot of people don’t know about Travis is he’s a very coachable dude. Very coachable player. His attention to detail is great. He’s great in meetings. He asks great questions. And he works his butt off on the field. So, he’s a pleasure to coach.”

Considering he is a young defensive back, Travis Hunter is already a very good wide receiver. Now, if he can take the next step in his development, he could be excellent.

“He’s further along than I would think at this point with understanding coverage and understanding football IQ and the coverage dictating where he needs to be,” Bartalone said.

“For him, there’s maybe certain situations, maybe leverage of a DB, I’m running an in-breaking, I need to get to a certain depth. His football IQ is really high. He understands coverage. He understands all those things. For me, it’s just carving out the small, little details for him to understand in this offense.”

Travis Hunter gave a health update

If there is one thing capable of slowing Travis Hunter down, it’s injuries. The young star dealt with plenty of them at Jackson State and is looking for a fresh start in this regard at Colorado.

“It was very difficult, because I came back early off an injury when I wasn’t supposed to, but I wanted to play as much as I can, so I just came in and did what I was supposed to do. Now I’m trying to get back up to 100% healthy so I can be able to play the best season of my college career right now,” Hunter said.

“Not right now, but I’m getting back to 100%. That’s for sure.”