Colorado defensive back Travis Hunter is gearing up for his first year in Boulder, and he continues to make waves both on and off the field. The cornerback recently listed his top Heisman favorites, which are now being mocked by followers online.
Hunter lists a quartet of PAC 12 players, two of whom play for the Buffaloes. Fans say the list couldn’t be more biased.
In that top four, the former five-star prospect included last year’s Heisman winner Caleb Williams as a potential repeat candidate. The USC quarterback got off to a great start in his season opener with a 278-yard, four-touchdown performance.
— USC Football ✌️ (@uscfb) August 27, 2023
He also listed Oregon passer Bo Nix, who’s entering his senior season in Eugene. The former Auburn Tiger threw for more than 3,500 yards last year while leading the Ducks to 10 wins.
Nix could have an outside shot of taking home the hardware, and his PR team has already begun to push his campaign.
Oregon QB Bo Nix has a new billboard in Dallas as part of his Heisman campaign.
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) August 22, 2023
Hunter then named a pair of Buffs, himself included.
His top two candidates were Travis Hunter and Shedeur Sanders.
You have to love the confidence, but the odds are certainly against the duo as they look to rebuild a Colorado program coming off a 1-11 campaign.
This award has gone to the best player on the best team in recent years, with the majority of winners playing under center.
That would seemingly give Sanders an edge, and based on offseason reports, he’s done everything to position himself for a big first season in Boulder.
Still, unless the Buffaloes find themselves in PAC 12 Championship contention, his Heisman hopes could already be dashed.
Hunter faces even more of an uphill battle as he plays the majority of his snaps on the defensive side of the ball. The corner could very well be the most talented player on the roster, and he will see some time at wide receiver, but will it be enough to receive Heisman consideration?
It’s highly unlikely.
The only defensive player to win the honor was Michigan’s Charles Woodson in 1997.
Travis Hunter puts Caleb Williams No. 3 in his Heisman rankings 👀
1. Travis Hunter
2. Shedeur Sanders
3. Caleb Williams pic.twitter.com/XSgBhcUv9U
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 29, 2023
While Hunter might not actually consider this a reasonable list, it does show the confidence he has in both his own talents and the play of his teammates.
Fans might respect that loyalty to Colorado and the PAC 12, but that hasn’t stopped them from ripping this Heisman list apart.
Heisman don’t go to players on 4 win teams
— Bobby Geee (@B0bbyGeee) August 29, 2023
Totally unbiased list here.
Getting more and more excited for CU to be brought back down to earth this weekend. https://t.co/nWrwxRbkeW
— Derek Kopp (@DerekKoppTV) August 29, 2023
I’ve never seen such an objective list in my life. All top 4 from the pac 12 including the top two being from his own team and himself at number 1? I applaud this man for being so objective. https://t.co/3xLrYLVSNN
— Slattan Ibrahimovic 🇭🇷 (@ChaneIBandit) August 29, 2023
Travis Hunter and Shedeur Sanders will begin their respective Heisman campaigns on Saturday in a matchup versus TCU. An upset win might have a few folks rethinking their criticism.