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Adrian Martinez and RJ Martinez Shine

Virginia's Mandy Alonso finally claims victory over hometown school

It was a difficult and winless weekend for Latino coaches in college football this weekend. Dave Aranda‘s Baylor Bears and Mario Cristobal’s Oregon Ducks both fell from the rank of undefeated teams.

Of the Latino coaches in college football, only Virginia Tech’s avoid a defeat this weekend. His Hokies were off.

Nonetheless, Latinos shone throughout the college football landscape this week, especially RJ and Adrian Martinez.

At Our Esquina, where we amplify Latino voices and stories in sports, arts and culture, there was plenty to celebrate in college football.

Co-Offensive Player of the Week. 

There are co-Offensive Players of the Week this week. Both are quarterbacks with the same surname.  

Adrian Martinez

Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez threw for 202 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for three touchdowns in the Cornhuskers’ dominant victory over the Northwestern Wildcats. 

Adrian Martinez is quietly having one of the best seasons in the Big Ten Conference.

RJ Martinez

Northern Arizona quarterback RJ Martinez has had a fantastic start to his collegiate career. In his first collegiate start, he led the Lumberjacks to an upset win over the Arizona Wildcats.

On Saturday in a 48-17 rout over the Idaho State Bengals, the true freshman threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 68 yards and a score. 

Defensive Player of the Week

Mandy Alonso

Virginia defensive end Mandy Alonso, a fifth-year senior and team captain, recorded five tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, including a stop on a first-quarter safety in the Cavaliers 30-28 win over the University of Miami. 

Alonso is a Miami native. In what likely was final collegiate appearance against the Hurricanes he finally earned a victory in his hometown. He had been winless in four games played in Hard Rock Stadium. 

LAST NAME, FIRST NAMETEAMPOSITIONSTATSTEAM RESULT
Aguilar, LuisNAUKFG- 2/3PAT-4/5W, 48-17Idaho State 
Alonso, MandyVirginia DLTackles, 5- Total, 4- solo, 2- sacks, 3- TFLW, 30-28Miami (FL)
Araiza, Matt San Diego St.P/K3 punts, 65.7 avg.FG: 2-2PAT- 6/6BYE
Aranda, Dave Baylor Head Coach L, 24-14Oklahoma State
Arias, Daniel Colorado WR 1 rush, 1 yd.1 rec., 18 yds.L, 37-14USC
Arroyo, ElijahMiami (FL)TE1 rec.,7 yds. L, 30-28Virginia
Arroyo, MarcusUNLVHead Coach L, 24-17UTSA
Avalos, AndyBoise StateHead CoachL, 41-31Nevada
Aybar, WilfredoStanfordLBNO STATSW, 31-24Oregon
Banda, Ephraim Utah StateDef. Coord/SafetiesL, 34-20BYU
Barr-Mira, NicholasUCLAKFG-3/4PAT- 2/2L, 42-23Arizona State
Borregales, AndrésMiami (FL)KFG: 0/1PAT: 4/4L, 30-28Virginia
Calzada, ZachTexas A&MQB12-20, 135 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT
6 rushes, 6 yds., 1 TD
L, 26-22Mississippi State
Camarena, Evan Portland StateCB3-tackles-2- soloW, 20-13Southern Utah
Canales, Mike “Chico”Maryland Analyst L, 51-14Iowa
Cardenas, OscarUTSATE2 rec., 25 yds  W, 24-17UNLV
Cavazos, LejondOhio State CB1 tackleW, 52-13Rutgers
Coley, JamesTexas A&MTE CoachL, 26-22Mississippi State
Corral, MattOle Miss QB21/29, 213 yds. 1 TD 
10 rushes, 3 yds., 1 TD
L, 42-21Alabama
Corrales, Beau North CarolinaWRNO STATSW, 38-7Duke
Cristobal, Mario Oregon Head CoachL, 31-24Stanford 
Cropper, Jalen Fresno St. WR5 rec., 73 yds. 1 TDL, 27–24Hawaii 
Cruz, Gunner Arizona  QBNO STATSBYE
Davila, PeterAlbany DB Coach L, 20-15Delaware 
Diaz, MannyMiami (FL)Head Coach L, 30-28Virginia
Escobar, Alex NM StateRBNO STATS L, 37-31San Jose State 
Escobar, Ivan NM StateDLNO STATSL, 37-31San Jose State 
Fernandez, Aaron Southern UtahRGC/OLL, 20-13Portland State
Figueroa, Nick USCDLNO STATSW, 37-14Colorado 
Flores, ReynaldoUTEPRBNO STATSOld Dominion 
Flores, JoahNew Mexico WR1/1, 5 yds. Air Force 
Flores, Justin Maine WR coach BYE
Fuente, Justin Virginia Tech Head Coach BYE
Flores, ReynaldoUTEPRB4 rushes, 21 yds. 1 rec., 6 yds.W, 28-21Old Dominion
Garcia, Elijah Rice DLTackles- 62- solo2- sacks 2- TFLW, 24-19Southern Miss 
Garcia, Jake Miami (FL)QBNO STATSL, 30-28Virginia
Garcia, JulioUNLVOL351 yds.- Total offenseL, 24-17UTSA
Garcia, Xavier Temple Def. GAMemphis 
Garcia- Castaneda, Isaiah NM StateWR6 rec., 90 yds., 2 TDL, 37-31San Jose State
Gonzalez, Billy FloridaWR/ Passing Game Coord. L, 20-13Kentucky 
Gonzales, Christian ColoradoCB4 tacklesL, 37-14USC
Gonzales, Danny New Mexico Head CoachL, 38-10Air Force 
Gonzales, PaulTCUSafeties Coach W, 32-27Texas
Gutierrez, Daniel UNLVK1/1- FG2/2- PATL, 24-17UTSA
Hernandez, DanEastern Illinois OL CoachL, 22-6Murray State
Hernandez, Zach Cal Poly DB1 tackleL, 7-38Weber State 
Infante, Gabe TempleRB CoachW, 34-31Memphis
Jackson, Jim Rice TE Coach W, 24-19Southern Miss
Loya, Logan UCLAWRNO STATS L, 42-23Arizona State
Lozano, AlexPortland StateLB1- tackle W, 20-13Southern Utah
Madrigal, Anthony San Jose St.LBNO STATSW, 37-31New Mexico State
Magana, Jorge Montana TechLBNO STATSMontana State- Northern
Maldonado, DinoNM StateQBNO STATSSan Jose State
Maldonado, Gunner Arizona SafetyNO STATSBYE
Martinez, Adrian Nebraska QB11/17, 202 yds., 1 TD
8 rushes, 50 yds., 3 TD’s
W, 56-7Northwestern
Martinez, Cameron Ohio State SAFTackles- 
7- total3- solo0.5- TFL 
W, 52-13Rutgers
Martinez, RJNAUQB26-45, 369 YDS, 3 TD
6 rushes, 68 yds., 1 TD
W, 48-17Idaho State 
Martinez, MarcTarleton St. LB coachL, 20-3Eastern Kentucky 
Martinez, Willie TennesseeCB coach L, 62-24Missouri
Mateos, Eric Baylor OLL, 24-14Oklahoma State
Matthews, JesseSan Diego St. WR2 rec., 13 yds. BYE
Mejia, Christian Washington St. DLNO STATSW, 21-6California 
Melo, Lucas Davenport University Run Game Coordinator/Defensive LineL, 31-7Michigan Tech
Mendez, Julian Ottawa University Offensive Coordinator W, 45-22Tabor College 
Mirabal, AlexOregon OL Coach L, 31-24Stanford
Montano, Abraham Fresno StateKNO STATSHawaii 
Montero, AntonioRiceLBTackles- 5-total, 1-solo, 0.5- TFL1- PDW, 24-19Southern Miss 
Morales, Kamari North Carolina TE3 rec.,14 yds., 1 TDW, 38-7Duke 
Navarro, Jaime San Jose St. OLTotal offense-402 yardsW, 37-31New Mexico State
Navarro, Juan NCCU DL CoachL, 16-17Miss. Valley State
Navarro, Donny Illinois WR1 rec., 6 yds.2 PR, 7 yds.L, 24-14Charlotte 
Nunez, JayEastern MichiganSp. TeamsAssoc. HCL, 27-20NIU
Olave, Chris Ohio StateWR5 rec.,119 yds., 2 TDW, 52-13Rutgers 
Ornelas, JesseCentral Oklahoma RB CoachW, 69-28Lincoln 
Ortega, Josh UTEPDE3 tacklesW, 28-21Old Dominion 
Ortega- Jones, Julian Texas St. WR 1 rec., 13 yds. BYE
Ortiz, AngelOttawa Univ. (AZ)WR CoachL, 52-34Arizona Christian
Pacheco, IsaihRutgersRB6 rushes, 8 yds.
2 rec.,18 yds.
L, 52-13Ohio State
Padilla, DavidCharleston Southern Ass’t AD for FootballBYE
Pagan, Justice Portland StateLB5-tackles, 3 – soloW, 20-13Southern Utah 
Perales, David Fresno StateDLTackles-5Solo- 2TFL- 1Sacks- 1L, 27–24Hawaii 
Ponce, Frank Appalachian State Offensive Coordinator W, 45-16Georgia State 
Ramirez, JoséEastern MichiganDE3 tacklesL, 27-20NIU
Ramirez, Manny Texas SouthernOL Coach W, 69-0North American Univ. 
Regalado, MarcoWashington StateDirector of On-Campus RecruitingW, 21-6California 
Restrepo, XavierMiami (FL)WR1 rec., 45 yds. L, 30-28Virginia
Reveles, MiguelLa VerneOffensive CoordinatorL, 35-14Cal Lutheran
Rivas, Eddie Texas StateOLTotal Offense  – 448 yards BYE
Rivas- Sandoval, CesarSoutheastern University Head CoachW, 21-0Webber Int’l Univ. 
Rodriguez, Anthony Portland StateTE1 rec.,11 yds.W, 20-13Southern Utah 
Rodriguez, Chris Kentucky RB19 rushes, 99 yds., 1 TDFlorida 
Rodriguez, DrewTowson St. QB coachBYE
Rodriguez, JacobVirginia RB1 rush, 5 yds. 2 rec., 24 yds. W, 30-28Miami (FL)
Rodriguez, JoelFIUOL coach L, 58-21FAU
Rodriguez, Juan Fresno State TENO STATS L, 27-24Hawaii 
Rodriguez, Justin UTSARBNO STATSW, 24-17UNLV
Rodriguez, MalcolmOklahoma St.LB11 tackles, 3-solo, 2-TFL2- QB Hurries W, 24-14Baylor
Rodriguez, OscarAkronAssoc. HC/ ILBL, 34-17Ohio
Rodriguez, Robert Arizona St.DL coachW, 42-23UCLA
Rojas, Manny Delaware Def. CoordinatorW, 20-15Albany
Rubio, Cruz Cal Poly LSNO STATS L, 38-7Weber State 
Sanchez, AngelMontana TechCBTotal- 6Solo-3INT- 1W, 23-13Montana State-Northern
Santa Cruz, Victor Hawaii Defensive Ends coachW, 27–24Fresno State
Santana, Bryce New MexicoDETotal- 2 tackles,Air Force 
Santana, JuanCarlos Tulsa WR1 rec.,12 yds.L, 45-10 Houston 
Segura, Justin NM StateDLTackles- 2- totalL, 37-31San Jose State
Silva, Cesar Fresno StateKFG-1/1PAT- 3/3L, 27–24Hawaii 
Small, SethTexas A&M KFG- 3/3PAT- 1/1L, 26-22Mississippi State
Sori-Marin, MarianoMinnesota LBNO STATSW, 20-13Purdue
Soto, AnthonyLenoir-Rhyne Offensive Coordinator/ /OLL, 35-28UVA Wise 
Steele, Chris USCCB2 tacklesL, 37-14Colorado
Umana, Orlando Ole MissOLTotal Offense- 291 yds. L, 42-21Alabama
Velazquez, AlonzoWyoming OLNO STATSBYE
Ybarra, AustinMontana TechLBNO STATSMontana State- Northern

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