BOULDER—Colorado sophomore Travis Hunter was named first-team All-American by both the Football Writers Association of America and the Associated Press, the two organizations announced Monday.

Hunter is the first CU player in 13 years to be named a first-team All-American, since Nate Solder did so in 2010, and he is the first player in CU history to earn first-team honors at the All Purpose position, to which he was selected for both publications.

He is the 64th first-team All-American in CU history and the 60th player to receive first-team All-America honors.

One of the most dynamic players of the modern era, Hunter successfully played both cornerback and wide receiver throughout the 2023 season, and despite missing three-and-a-half games due to injury, he played more snaps from scrimmage in the regular season than any player in the FBS.

He finished the season playing 436 snaps on offense, 566 on defense and 30 on special teams to surpass the 1,000 plateau at 1,032, an average of 114.7 per game, or 121.4 when taking out the extra half he didn’t play against Colorado State.

On offense, he finished the season with 57 receptions for 721 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 80.1 yards per game and 6.3 receptions per game. On defense, he had 30 tackles, including two for a loss, and added three interceptions and five pass breakups.

He is the first player in at least the last 25 seasons with 50-plus receptions and three or more interceptions, the only comparable season coming from Georgia’s Champ Bailey in 1998 when he had 47 receptions for 744 yards and five touchdowns offensively and three interceptions on defense.

The FWAA and AP are two of the five publications that the NCAA uses to determine both consensus and unanimous All-Americans along with the Walter Camp, Sporting News and AFCA.  Hunter did not make the Walter Camp team but they do not have an all-purpose position.  Sporting News and AFCA teams are slated to be released later this week.

The Associated Press also released it’s All-Pac-12 honors last week with Shedeur Sanders being named the Newcomer of the Year.  Hunter was named first-team All-Purpose and second team cornerback, Shilo Sanders was named second team at safety and Mark Vassett second team at punter.


Story by Curtis Snyder, Associate AD/Athletic Communications, for Content courtesy of the University of Colorado at Boulder.