Former Auburn football star Bo Nix lamented the fact that he won’t get a chance to face off with fellow Heisman candidate Travis Hunter, who was injured by Colorado State defensive back Henry Blackburn during Colorado’s 43-35 double-overtime Rocky Mountain Showdown win in Week 3, as his Oregon Ducks prepare to host Coach Prime’s undefeated Buffs in Week 4.
“Obviously (Hunter’s) a really good player, one of the best in the country at what he does,” Nix said (h/t Saturday Out West). “He plays a lot of snaps, very fast and physical. Losing a player like that on defense is tough, but they’re gonna do a good job on the back end.
“They’ve done a good job everywhere else this season, so I don’t anticipate it being much different. Maybe some of the coverages might change slightly, but I won’t anticipate it. We’ll just see what they do during the game and know that they’re gonna be moving around over all the place.”
Former Auburn football star Bo Nix loses Heisman narrative points with Travis Hunter absent
It’s likely that Colorado’s somewhat Cinderella season — only one because of the absurdly negative preseason propaganda coming from a mainstream media mob that targeted Deion Sanders for his abrasive coaching style as opposed to real-world projections — will hit a major snag against Oregon on September 23.
Here’s the thing, though — that was going to happen regardless of whether or not Hunter was going to be in the lineup. Though Colorado is strong in the secondary, and perhaps even deep enough to tread water without Hunter, they have not faced anything like the Ducks’ offense. At times, CSU’s backup at the start of the season, Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi, did have the Rams looking like it, though.
Nix will do his thing just like he was going to anyway, but he does lose narrative points for not doing it against a fellow Heisman candidate. And his fellow QB Heisman candidates in the Pac-12 may get the chance he won’t.