Deion Sanders Deion Sanders comes out of the locker room before Colorado’s win over Colorado State.

Deion Sanders and the Colorado Buffaloes are 0-2 in Pac-12 play since the loss of wide receiver and cornerback Travis Hunter after a dirty hit in a Week 3 game against the Colorado State Rams.

Still, Hunter didn’t need to complete three games to impress the nation with his “ironman excellence” according to a new report from ESPN.

Hunter famously plays both ways for Sanders’ Buffaloes, playing over 100 snaps in both games he completed before his injury.

One player who knows that grind is Ohio State legend Chris Gamble, who went on to a venerable NFL career with the Carolina Panthers. Gamble played offense, defense and special teams for Ohio State during the 2002 championship season.

He finished with 31 receptions, 35 punt returns, 11 kickoff returns, four interceptions, one pick-six, 24 tackles, and six pass breakups during that season, according to ESPN.

Gamble has been impressed with Hunter’s play so much that he’s watching the Buffaloes like they’re his own team.

“It’s tough, but he’s built for it,” said Gamble, who had 31 receptions, 35 punt returns, 11 kickoff returns, four interceptions and one pick-six, 24 tackles and six pass breakups for the Buckeyes in 2002. “Then he’s got Coach Prime too, so he knows what he’s doing. He’s got the right coaching staff. Every week, I’m going to follow them like it’s my team. “I’m going to root for [Hunter] and Coach Prime and Colorado, to see what he’s going to do with that program.”

The Buffaloes play on the road against the Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday.

[ESPN]