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2023 is shaping up to be a year to remember for fans of the Colorado Buffaloes. Coach Prime is completely re-shaping and re-doing the football program and Tad Boyle has Buffs basketball on a role when it comes to the recruiting trail. Both programs are in great shape. With that being said, here are 20 predictions ahead of 2023. 1.…...

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Travis Hunter arrives at CU as the headliner that makes up Coach Prime’s “Louis luggage”. Last year, in his true freshman season Hunter proved immediately that his talent is as advertised.

While he will be facing a step-up in competition this season, last year at Jackson State Hunter provided some epic highlights at both cornerback and wide receiver.

In this edition of the Buffs Film Room, we break down Hunter’s best plays from the 2022 season and project which position he will have the greatest impact.

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When Hunter committed to JSU, he threw a curveball into the college football landscape and certified Coach Prime as a force to be reckoned with as a recruiter.

Coach Prime’s playing career doesn’t need to be explained, but it made perfect sense that the best two-way player in the class decided he wanted to learn from one of the best two-way players and athletes of all time.

Hunter possesses the speed, length and ball skills to be a lockdown corner and he showed that consistently as a freshman at JSU.

Against Alcorn State, Hunter notched his first career pick-six. Let’s start from the very beginning with how Hunter covers the receiver’s release. He’s smooth and square until the receiver breaks towards the sideline and #12 is able to match him stride for stride and sit on the route just as the receiver does. The receiver is blanketed and the Florida native is able to win the battle for the football and take it back for six.

Now let’s focus on the ball skills. This pass is tipped at the line of scrimmage and Hunter makes an incredibly athletic play to try and scoop up the flailing ball. Hunter would fail to complete the catch on the play, but the athletic display is spectacular.

Later on against Texas Southern, we got a chance to see how Hunter operates in true one-on-one situations on an island. The receiver gains a step on Hunter off the line but like a veteran, Hunter shows no panic and chooses the perfect moment to play the ball and force a pass breakup.

This interception is the result of a poorly thrown football, but Hunter shows great ability to play zone and trail receivers down the field to take advantage of these opportunities. The catch is effortless and then the new Buff's natural talent as a runner takes over.

We will talk about more plays from this game later on, but watch how easy this is for Hunter. He shows his composure, quick feet and technique off the line on the receiver's release, and watch how easy it is for him to work over the pick route and nearly pick off another pass.

It’s only five clips but the talent is undeniable. Hunter shows better and cleaner movement skills, ball skills and technique than some of the players I watched for NFL Draft purposes last spring. It makes sense why he wanted to play under Coach Prime and learn from one of the best to ever do it.

Yes, these clips are against SWAC players but there is nothing to suggest that Hunter would not be able to create plays like that in the Pac-12 and Power 5 level.

There are things that need to be cleaned up and Hunter is by no means a finished product when it comes to development, but he’s not far off. As good of a player as he already is and can be at cornerback, there is a legitimate argument that Hunter is an even better wide receiver.

Travis Hunter is already CU’s best receiver

Two-way players are rare these days. And even the best of the “true” two-way players are only really great at one position. Travis Hunter is great at cornerback and wide receiver.

In a podcast with Shannon Sharpe in December, Coach Prime said, “That’s what he loves. There’s a love and a like. He loves to play receiver. DB is something that he can do, really well and better than a lot of others. But if I had to put my money on him, he loves catching that football a lot more than he loves defending it.”

The tipping point for Hunter and his ability as a receiver occurred in the 2022 Celebration Bowl. The former number one overall recruit became Shedeur Sanders’ go-to receiver in crunch time and was one of the reasons why Jackson State had a great shot at winning that football game.

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The Colorado Buffaloes have their quarterback. Sunday, Deion Sanders was introduced as the latest CU head football coach and he also introduced CU’s starting quarterback. Coach Prime’s son, Shedeur Sanders will be the man behind center for Colorado in 2023. He was a four-star recruit in the 2021 recruiting class who earned 26 offers that included Alabama, Michigan, Oregon and…

It’s Prime Time in Boulder! The Colorado Buffaloes have hired Deion Sanders to be their 28th head football coach. Sanders leaves Jackson State University after leading the Tigers to their second straight SWAC conference title. The Tigers beat the Southern Jaguars on Saturday, 43-24. For weeks, rumors have been circulating that CU leadership has been making changes to current restrictions…

The Colorado Buffaloes wrap up the 2022 season on Saturday against the Utah Utes and thus begins the bitter-sweet process of saying goodbye to this year’s seniors. In his weekly press conference on Tuesday, interim head coach Mike Sanford mentioned each and every senior that will be suiting up as a Buff for the last time this weekend. The 18…

After the Buffs lost their best offensive player in Jordyn Tyson, Colorado faces a double whammy as they are on a short week and have to travel to Los Angeles to take on USC. Colorado is entering Friday night’s matchup as 34-point underdogs and even after last week’s blowout against Oregon, interim head coach Mike Sanford is doing well to…

Last Saturday against Oregon, Jordyn Tyson had the best game of his career until he went down with an injury in the fourth quarter. Colorado’s interim head coach, Mike Sanford, was not optimistic about Tyson’s injury in the post-game press conference after the Buffs’ loss to Oregon. In a Zoom conference with Buffs’ media on Sunday night, Sanford confirmed Buff…

At Tuesday’s weekly press conference, Colorado interim head coach Mike Sanford’s main talking points weren’t as much about Arizona State or Oregon but rather name, image and likeness (NIL). Last Friday, the Buffs4Life Foundation alongside the University of Colorado announced the Buffs4Life NIL Collective. Buffs4Life was created to aid former Colorado student-athletes and provide a community that could provide those…

Coming off of the momentum generated by interim head coach Mike Sanford’s energy and the Buffs’ first win of the season against Cal, Colorado fell flat last Saturday against Oregon State. It was a painful 42-9 loss that was a reminder of the first five games of the season under Karl Dorrell’s lead. Last week’s loss was a tough pill…...

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Through the first five games of 2022, the Buffs had the worse defense in the CFB. Defensive coordinator Chris Wilson was let go alongside Karl Dorrell and the keys to the defense were handed over to interim defensive coordinator Gerald Chatman. Chatman had his work cut out for him over the bye week to make the defense serviceable and he…...

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Last Saturday’s win will live in the memories of every CU fan, coach and player for the foreseeable future. Interim head coach Mike Sanford’s energy has got the Buffs on a wave of momentum but a trip to Oregon State is on the schedule this weekend and could prove to be difficult for the Buffs in more ways than one.…...

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Brendon Lewis suited up as a Colorado Buffalo for the final time on Saturday. After sliding down to third on the quarterback depth chart, Lewis made the decision to enter the transfer portal on Tuesday. In a statement Lewis posted to Twitter, the former Buffs’ quarterback said, “Over the various changes I’ve encountered throughout my three years at CU, I’ve…...

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The Buffs are back from the bye. All efforts and attention inside the football program are focused on salvaging a season that’s started 0-5. Interim head coach Mike Sanford has given the program life from an energy perspective but his toughest task yet comes on Saturday as Colorado faces Cal. The Golden Bears have one of the best young running…...

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Colorado’s bye week was anything but quiet after the decision to fire Karl Dorrell and Chris Wilson was announced hours after the Buffs were beaten by Arizona 43-20. As interim head coach Mike Sanford begins his first game week leading the Buffs, changes that have been made over the bye week are becoming routine as Sanford leaves his imprint on…...

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“The theme of the day was energy.” Colorado interim head coach Mike Sanford said as he addressed the media in his first press conference as the leader of CU football. No one took Tuesday’s theme more seriously than Sanford himself. Buffs’ media were allowed to watch practice on Tuesday for the first time this year during a brief 20-minute window…...

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