Top Colorado football transfer's focus on one side of the ball best thing for his NFL draft stock

The top Colorado football transfer of the 2023 class's focus on one side of the ball was deemed the best thing for his NFL draft stock.

Nov 25, 2023; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Colorado Buffaloes athlete Travis Hunter (12) does a
Nov 25, 2023; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Colorado Buffaloes athlete Travis Hunter (12) does a / Christopher Creveling-USA TODAY Sports
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Travis Hunter focusing on one side of the ball during his likely final season with Colorado football in 2024 will be the best thing for his NFL draft stock in 2025; this, at least, according to Bleacher Report's Joseph Zucker.

"Hunter's usage will be among the many subplots surrounding Colorado in 2024," Zucker prefaced before saying, "There's a reason two-way players have become exceedingly rare in the highest level of college football. The physical demands are simply so high that it's difficult to sustain over a full season.

"A level of self-interest can be a play, too, depending on the player's aspirations. In Hunter's case, focusing his attention toward either offense or defense could be the best thing for his NFL draft stock. As much fun as it was to watch Hunter in his first year with Colorado, he may decided to curtail his workload a bit when he suits back up for the Buffs."

Travis Hunter wins award in first season with Colorado football

Hunter won the Paul Hornung Award on December 6, awarded annually by the Louisville (Ky.) Sports Commission to the most versatile player in college football (h/t BuffZone's Brian Howell).

In a press release from Curtis Snyder, Associate AD/Athletic Communications at the University of Colorado, Coach Prime thanked the committee for seeing Hunter's value as a cornerback, a receiver, and a man.

"Travis is a special player, a generational player, who has changed the game," Deion Sanders said. "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. Thank you to the award committee for seeing in Travis what we do, not only that he's a tremendous player, but also a tremendous person. Travis hasn't reached his full potential as of yet and his best is still coming!"

While Coach Prime and Shedeur Sanders catch a fair share of flak almost daily, Hunter is nearly universally respected by everyone in the sport for his attitude and skillset -- and unlike Shedeur, who was merely an honorable mention for the All-Pac-12, Hunter brought home the Paul Hornung Award and was an All-Pac-12 First-Teamer.