Deion Sanders updates Travis Hunter injury, reveals he's likely out multiple weeks

IMG_6598by:Nick Kosko09/17/23


Following a wild win over Colorado State, Colorado coach Deion Sanders provided an update on two-way star Travis Hunter. Hunter was taken to the hospital during the game following an injury in the first half.

While Hunter returned to the field after a late and vicious hit, he was apparently not well enough to return to action after evaluation in the locker room. The injury was not immediately made clear.

However, Hunter won’t see the field for a couple of weeks, according to Sanders.

“I think coach Ray is going to the hospital to check him out,” Sanders said postgame. “First thing I heard is that he would be out for a few weeks. I heard that for sure.

“But we’re gonna do what we gotta do to take care of him. So I know Travis like a book. He probably is gonna want to be out for two weeks, but we got to make sure his health is more important than this game.”

Hunter ran a go route down the left sideline in the first half of the 43-35 double OT win, but had no chance to make a catch on a pass from Shedeur Sanders thanks to a pass interference penalty on the defender. Right as the ball came down in front of Hunter, however, Henry Blackburn came across and delivered a crushing blow.

After a brief scuffle, Hunter remained on the sideline. Colorado scored quickly to tie the game at 14 with Sanders connecting on a long touchdown pass, and Hunter re-entered the game late in the first quarter on a defensive series for Colorado, playing cornerback.

Hunter finished the game with two catches for 21 yards and had one tackle.

Hunter was one of the biggest additions for Deion Sanders while he was the head coach at Jackson State. Originally committed to Florida State, he flipped his commitment to Coach Prime after coming in as the No. 2 overall recruit in the nation from the 2022 cycle, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.

Hunter was a Five Star Plus+ recruit, meaning he was one of the only players ranked by all four major recruiting media companies as a five star.

Last year as a freshman at JSU, Hunter totaled 19 tackles and two interceptions on defense while adding 18 receptions for 190 yards and four touchdowns on offense. When Sanders left for Colorado, Hunter entered the transfer portal and joined his coach in Boulder.

After he entered, he became the No. 1-ranked transfer to hit the portal during the 2023 cycle, according to the On3 Transfer Portal Rankings.