Top Colorado football transfer Travis Hunter “came back too quickly” from a lacerated liver caused by Colorado State DB Henry Blackburn’s dirty hit on the 2022 class’s No. 1 overall recruit according to Mike Farrell Sports’ Scott Salomon.
“Hunter played too much, came back too quickly, and Prime did it to win the game,” Salomon wrote. “Plain and Simple. Prime wanted Hunter to ‘BE LIKE ME’ or wanted to be like Hunter through some vicarious time machine. Hunter has Prime-like talent, but to expect him to play 140 downs in his first game back from nearly destroying a vital bodily organ is just ridiculous.”
With that said, Salomon took some liberties saying that Deion Sanders was wrong to expect players to love the game as much as he did; a stretch considering he does not single anyone out when the Buffs win.
“When is Prime going to learn that he is retired and that he is not going to have 85 scholarship players work as hard as he did when he was a professional athlete? Not all of his players are going to LOVE football the way he does. Not all have the ability to do the things Player Prime had,” Salomon prefaced before saying, “And at this point, that is something Coach Prime refuses to acknowledge and work with to make better.”
Travis Hunter was likely the driving force behind his Colorado football return
This writer is not buying that Sanders was the driving force behind Hunter returning after less than a month away; with Hunter himself sounding antsy at the thought of enjoying a week off during the Buffs’ bye week.
“Go to work,” Hunter said via Well Off Media when asked about his bye-week plans. “I had my break three weeks ago. I don’t need the rest, and I don’t need the break.”
That sounds like someone who would’ve suited up against Oregon if he had the chance to. A player like Hunter will always have the final say as to whether or not he plays, and thinking Sanders would force him to play is a fool’s errand.