Travis Hunter leads group of CU Buffs to receive All-Pac-12 recognition

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Travis Hunter of Colorado was named All-Pac-12 twice by league coaches.The Pac-12 announced its all-conference teams on Tuesday, with Hunter making the first team defense at cornerback. He was also a second-team all-purpose/special teams selection.Four other Buffs were also recognized. All-conference honorable mentions went to quarterback Shedeur Sanders, safety Shilo Sanders, and punter Mark Vassett. Dylan Edwards, a running back, was named an honorable mention in the voting for freshman of the year.

Despite the fact that the Buffs (4-8, 1-8 Pac-12) finished last in the conference, Hunter was easily one of the top players on both sides of the ball.He had 30 tackles, three interceptions, and five pass breakups on defense. On offense, he had 57 catches for 721 yards and five touchdowns. He is the first FBS player in 25 years to have at least 50 receptions and three interceptions.With 3,230 yards passing, Shedeur Sanders set a CU single-season record. He was 298-of-430 for 27 touchdowns and three interceptions

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Shilo Sanders led the Buffs in tackles with 70 and led the Pac-12 in forced fumbles with four. He also had an interception against Colorado State, which he returned 80 yards for a touchdown.Vassett averaged 44.37 yards per punt, with 16 punts of 50 yards or more. He punted 22 times inside the 20-yard line, 11 times inside the 10-yard line, and six times inside the 5-yard line.This year’s Paul Hornung Award goes to Colorado star Travis Hunter. The Louisville Sports Commission bestows this honor on “the most versatile player in major college football.”

Hunter made highlight-reel defensive plays repeatedly for the Buffaloes this season. He finished the season with 30 tackles, three interceptions, and five pass breakups. He excelled on the offensive side of the ball in addition to being a cornerback. His wide receiver season stats were impressive: 57 receptions, 721 yards, and five touchdowns.Only once in recent college football history has a player had close to that number of receptions while also having three or more interceptions, and that player will be familiar to Colorado sports fans. Champ Bailey led the Georgia Bulldogs with 47 receptions and three interceptions that season.

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“The kid is a phenomenal player,” said Coach Deion Sanders last month on CBS Colorado’s “Coach Prime’s Playbook with Romi Bean.”In a prepared statement issued on Wednesday, Sanders referred to him as a “generational player who has changed the game.””We had to find ways to utilize him to the best of his ability on both sides of the ball, where he could utilize his strengths and be a force,” Sanders was quoted as saying.In a prepared statement, Hunter expressed gratitude to his coach and teammates for the award.”Paul Hornung accomplished great things that I aspire to achieve, and receiving the award in his honor is truly amazing.” “I’d like to thank all of my teammates for their support, as well as Coach Prime for the opportunity to play both ways and help the Colorado Buffaloes,” he said.

Bailey went on to have a Hall of Fame career in the NFL, including 10 seasons with the Denver Broncos, and Sanders predicts great things for Hunter as well. Travis hasn’t yet reached his full potential, and his best is yet to come,” Sanders said.Bean asked Sanders on his show if he believes Hunter can play both defense and offense in the NFL.”When you look at Travis — and everybody wonders every week — is he going to play DB or wide receiver in the NFL?” Bean inquired of Sanders. “Do you think there’s still a place to play both?”

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“Yeah. Any organization that drafts him would be foolish not to give him a chance to play on both sides of the ball. Because he is valuable. We’re all talking about adding value, and he does it on both sides of the ball. “He doesn’t have to play both ways the entire game, but you have to have offensive and defensive packages that include him,” Sanders explained.

 

 


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