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Baylor’s Dave Aranda, UNLV’s Marcus Arroyo lead way

Baylor coach Dave Aranda adds Oklahoma to list of victims

It was a good week for Latino coaches in college football. Marcus Arroyo earned his second consecutive victory as UNLV head coach with a 27-13 win over the University of Hawaii. Baylor’s Dave Aranda, led the Baylor Bears to a 27-14 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners in Waco, Texas.

Aranda, who grew up admiring Hall of Famer Tom Flores, is a hot name among USC fans and his candidacy is being openly discussed in Los Angeles

We were also there for Akron interim head coach Oscar Rodriguez’s first game as head coach on Tuesday night in Kalamazoo, Mich., against Western Michigan.

Each week Our Esquina highlights and tracks all the Latino in College Football. Usually the main focus is on the players, but this week you cannot ignore the spotlight on the Latino coaches.

Rodriguez, the latest of the Latino coaches in college football, was placed in charge after the Akron fired of Tom Arth following a loss to Ball State. Akron, a 26-point underdog overcame two double digit deficits to take a 40-38 lead with just over two minutes remaining in the contest before succumbing to Western Michigan 45-40. 

Rodriguez received heavy praise from national commentators for the team’s performance. There are two games left in Akron’s season – Kent State and Toledo. 

Latino Offensive Player of the Week, Isaih Pacheco

Rutgers running back Isaih Pacheco had a nice day on the ground against Indiana. After suffering a 52-3 beatdown at Wisconsin a week ago, the Scarlet Knights exacted to atone against the Indiana Hoosers. 

Pacheco set the tone with 79 yards and two touchdowns, both in the first quarter of Rutgers’ 38-3 destruction of the slumping Hoosiers. Rutgers is now 5-5 and a win away from bowl eligibility. Indiana is 2-8.

Latino Defensive Player of the Week, Malcolm Rodriguez 

In Malcolm Rodriguez’s penultimate home game at Oklahoma State, the super senior linebacker notched nine tackles, including a tackle for loss in a 63-17 rout over Texas Christian. 

The 9-1 Cowboys head to Texas Tech this week before heading back to Stillwater to face the University of Oklahoma in the annual Bedlam rivalry game.  The Cowboys’ leading tackler is a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, which recognizes the best linebacker in the FBS. 

The Rodriguez football playing legacy likely won’t end soon. Malcolm’s younger brother, Gabe is a standout junior quarterback and safety at Wagoner High School in Wagoner, Okla. 

Latino Special Teams Player of the Week, Matt Araiza

San Diego State’s Matt Araiza accounted for nearly half of the Aztecs’ points in a 23-21 win over the Nevada Wolfpack. He helped SDSU take sole possession of first place in the Western division of the Mountain West Conference.

Araiza’s 35- yard field goal with 1:21 remaining gave the Aztecs the win. 

The left-footed Araiza also is the Aztecs punter. He boomed punts of 60 yards, 57 yards twice and 62 yards.

Featured photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

Aguilar, LuisNAUKFG- 1/1L, 30-3 Montana  
Alcoser, Joe Houston DFOW, 37-8 Temple
Alonso, MandyVirginia DL2 tackles, .5 TFLL, 28-3 Notre Dame 
Araiza, Matt San Diego St.P/KFG-3/4PAT- 2/2 W, 23-21 Nevada
Aranda, Dave Baylor Head Coach W, 27-14 Oklahoma
Arias, Daniel Colorado WR 4 rec.,70 yds. L, 44-20 UCLA
Arroyo, ElijahMiami (FL)TENO STATSL, 31-28Florida State
Arroyo, MarcusUNLVHead Coach W, 27-13 Hawaii
Avalos, AndyBoise StateHead CoachW, 23-13 Wyoming
Aybar, WilfredoStanfordLBNO STATSL, 35-14 Oregon State
Banda, Ephraim Utah StateDef. Coord/SafetiesW, 48-17 SJSU
Barr-Mira, NicholasUCLAKFG-1/2PAT- 5/6W, 44-20 Colorado
Borregales, AndrésMiami (FL)KFG- 0/0PAT- 4/4L, 31-28Florida State
Calzada, ZachTexas A&MQB24-42, 237 YDS, 2 INTL, 29-19 Auburn
Camarena, Evan Portland StateCB1 pass breakupL, 49-20 Sacramento State
Canales, Mike “Chico”Maryland Analyst L, 40-21 Michigan State
Cardenas, OscarUTSATE1 rec., 20 yds.W, 27-17 Southern Miss
Cavazos, LejondOhio State CBNO STATSW, 59-31 Purdue 
Chavez, Isaiah New Mexico QB2-7, 34 yds., 1 INT.7 rushes, 14 yds. L, 31-17 Fresno State
Coley, JamesTexas A&MTE CoachL, 29-19 Ole Miss
Corral, MattOle Miss QB24-37, 247 YDS, 1 TDW, 29-19 Texas A&M
Corrales, Beau North CarolinaWRNO STATSL, 30-23 Pittsburgh
Cristobal, Mario Oregon Head CoachW, 38-24Washington State 
Cropper, Jalen Fresno St. WR5 rec., 41 yds.2 rushes, 4 yds. W, 36-7 New Mexico
Cruz, Gunner Arizona  QBNO STATSL, 38-29 Utah
Davila, PeterAlbany DB Coach W, 41-14 Morgan State
Diaz, MannyMiami (FL)Head Coach L, 31-28 Florida State
Echevarria, Jesus Washington St. DLNO STATSL, 38-24 Oregon 
Escobar, Alex NM StateRB1 rushes, 0 yds. 2 rec., 12 yds. L, 59-3 Alabama
Escobar, Ivan NM StateDLNO STATSL, 59-3 Alabama
Fernandez, Aaron Southern UtahRGC/OLL, 62-0 Weber State
Flores, JoahNew Mexico WRNO STATSL, 36-7 Fresno State
Flores, Justin Maine WR coach W, 35-10 UMass
Fuente, Justin Virginia Tech Head Coach W, 48-17 Duke
Flores, ReynaldoUTEPRB1 rec., 12 yds. L, 17-20 North Texas
Garcia, Albert Fresno St. DPPL, 40-14 Boise State
Garcia, Cole Rice DL1 fumble recoveryL, 42-21 WKU
Garcia, Elijah Rice DL6 tackles, 1 QB HurryL, 42-21 WKU
Garcia, Jake Miami (FL)QBNO STATSL, 31-28Florida State
Garcia, JulioUNLVOLTotal offense- 465 yds. W, 27-13 Hawai
Garcia, Xavier Temple Def. GAL, 38-7 Houston
Garcia- Castaneda, Isaiah NM StateWRNO STATSL, 59-3 Alabama
Gonzalez, Billy FloridaWR/ Passing Game Coord. W, 70-52 Samford
Gonzales, Christian ColoradoCB7 tacklesL, 44-20UCLA
Gonzales, Danny New Mexico Head CoachL, 36-7 Fresno State
Gonzales, PaulTCUSafeties Coach W, 63-17 Oklahoma State
Gutierrez, Daniel UNLVKFG- 1/1PAT- 4/4W, 27-13 Hawaii
Hernandez, DanEastern Illinois OL CoachBYE
Hernandez, Zach Cal Poly DBNO STATSW, 32-29 Idaho State
Infante, Gabe TempleRB CoachL, 38-7 Temple 
Jackson, Jim Rice TE Coach L, 42-21 WKU
Longoria, EsaiMontana TechOL2 tacklesW, 41-0 Montana Northern
Loya, Logan UCLAWRNO STATSW, 44-20Colorado
Lozano, AlexPortland StateLB1 tackleL, 49-20 Sacramento State
Madrigal, Anthony San Jose St.LBNO STATSL, 48-17 Utah State
Magana, Jorge Montana TechLBNO STATSW, 41-0 Montana Northern
Maldonado, DinoNM StateQBNO STATSL, 59-3 Alabama
Maldonado, Gunner Arizona SafetyNO STATSL, 38-29 Utah
Martinez, Adrian Nebraska QBBYE
Martinez, Cameron Ohio State SAFNO STATSW, 
Martinez, RJNAUQBNO STATSL, 30-3 Montana  
Martinez, MarcTarleton St. LB coachL, 29-3 Abilene Christian
Martinez, Willie TennesseeCB coach L, 41-14 Georgia 
Mateos, Eric Baylor OLW, 27-14 Oklahoma
Matthews, JesseSan Diego State WR4 rec., 41 yds. W, 23-21 Nevada
Mejia, Christian Washington St. DL1 tackleL, 38-24 Oregon
Melo, Lucas Davenport University Run Game Coordinator/Defensive LineL, 42-0 Grand Valley State
Mendez, Julian Ottawa University Offensive Coordinator W, 55-17 Bethany College
Mirabal, AlexOregon OL Coach W, 38-24 Washington State 
Montano, Abraham Fresno StateKNO STATSW, 36-7 New Mexico
Montero, AntonioRiceLBNO STATSL, 42-21 WKU
Morales, Kamari North Carolina TE3 rec., 25 yds.L, 30-23 Pittsburgh
Navarro, Jaime San Jose St. OLTotal Offense- 449 yds. L, 48-17 Utah St. 
Navarro, Juan NCCU DL CoachW, 45-27 Howard
Navarro, Donny Illinois WRNO STATSBYE
Nunez, JayEastern MichiganSp. TeamsAssoc. HCL, 34-26 Ohio
Olave, Chris Ohio StateWR9 rec., 85 yds., 1 TDW, 59-31 Purdue 
Ornelas, JesseCentral Oklahoma RB CoachL, 30-29 Central Missouri
Ortega, Josh UTEPDE2 tackles L, 17-20 North Texas
Ortega- Jones, Julian Texas St. WR 3 rec., 42 yds. L, 38-30 Georgia Southern 
Ortiz, AngelOttawa Univ. (AZ)WR CoachW, 52-35 Oklahoma Panhandle State
Pacheco, IsaihRutgersRB21 rushes, 79 yds , 2 TDW, 38-3 Indiana
Padilla, DavidCharleston Southern Ass’t AD for FootballW, 32-24 Gardner-Webb
Pagan, Justice Portland StateLB2 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 1 QB HurryL, 49-20 Sacramento State
Perales, David Fresno StateDL1 tackleW, 34-7 New Mexico
Ponce, Frank Appalachian State Offensive Coordinator W, 31-7 South Alabama 
Ramirez, JoséEastern MichiganDE8 tackles, 0.5 TFLL, 34-26 Ohio
Ramirez, Manny Texas SouthernOL Coach L, 52-49 Alabama A&M
Regalado, MarcoWashington StateDirector of On-Campus RecruitingL, 38-24 Oregon
Restrepo, XavierMiami (FL)WR1 rec., 7 yds. L, 31-28Florida State
Reveles, MiguelLa VerneOffensive CoordinatorL, 35-32 Chapman
Rivas, Eddie Texas StateOLTotal Offense- 354 yds. L, 38-30 Georgia Southern 
Rivas- Sandoval, CesarSoutheastern University Head CoachW, 28-7 Florida Memorial 
Rodriguez, Anthony Portland StateTENO STATSL, 49-20 Sacramento State
Rodriguez, Chris Kentucky RB16 rushes, 114 yds., 1 TDW, 34-17 Vanderbily
Rodriguez, DrewTowson St. QB coachL, 37-14 Elon 
Rodriguez, JacobVirginia RBNO STATSL, 28-3 Notre Dame
Rodriguez, JoelFIUOL coach L, 50-10 MTSU
Rodriguez, Juan Fresno State TE2 rec., 8 yds. W, 36-7 New Mexico 
Rodriguez, Justin UTSARBNO STATSW, 27-17 Southern Miss
Rodriguez, MalcolmOklahoma St.LB9 tackles, 1 TFLW, 63-17 TCU
Rodriguez, OscarAkronAssoc. HC/ ILBL, 45-40 Western Michigan
Rodriguez, Robert Arizona St.DL coachW, 35-30 Washington
Rojas, Manny Delaware Def. CoordinatorL, 51-27Richmond
Rubio, Cruz Cal Poly LSNO STATSW, 32-29 Idaho State
Salazar, Martin Portland StateDLNO STATSL, 49-20 Sacramento State
Sanchez, AngelMontana TechCBNO STATSL, 35-21 Montana Western
Santa Cruz, Victor Hawaii Defensive Ends coachL, 27-13 UNLV
Santana, Bryce New MexicoDENO STATSL, 36-7 Fresno State
Santana, JuanCarlos Tulsa WR4 rec., 51 yds., 1 TDW, 20-13 Tulane
Segura, Justin NM StateDL1 tackleW, 59-3 Alabama 
Silva, Cesar Fresno StateKPAT- 2/2PAT- 4/4W, 36-7 New Mexico 
Small, SethTexas A&M KFG- 2/2PAT-1/1L, 29-19 Ole Miss 
Sori-Marin, MarianoMinnesota LB6 tackles, 1 TFLL, 27-22 Iowa 
Soto, AnthonyLenoir-Rhyne Offensive Coordinator/ /OLW, 56-3 Catawba
Stone, Jr., Ron Washington StateLB5 tacklesL, 38-24 Oregon
Umana, Orlando Ole MissOLTotal offense- 504 yds. W, 29-19 Texas A&M
Velazquez, AlonzoWyoming OLTotal offense- 288 yds. L, 23-13 Boise State
Ybarra, AustinMontana TechLBNO STATSW, 41-0 Montana Northern

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