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College Football: Mario Cristobal, Matt Corral Highlight Latino Impact

Weekly Roundup of Latino contributors in College Football

Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral and Oregon coach Mario Cristobal arguably shone brightest among Latino contributors in college football this weekend.

The Cuban American Cristobal guided the Oregon Ducks to an upset over Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, despite another standout performance from last week’s Our Esquina Offensive Player of the Week, Ohio State wide receiver, Chris Olave

Cristobal, 50, is in his fourth season at the helm of the Ducks. The victory over Big Ten power Ohio State is his best win as head coach of the Pac-12 power, and that’s saying a lot. 

After the victory, the Ducks jumped from No. 12 in the AP Top 25 to No. 4.

Boise State’s Andy Avalos earned his first career victory as head coach, leading the Broncos over UTEP 54-13 last Friday.  

Latino Offensive Player of the Week, Matt Corral

Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral.

In a 54-17 victory over Austin Peay, Matt Corral threw five touchdowns and completed 21-of-33 attempts for 281 yards. Corral, 22, junior from Southern California. He very well could be playing his final college football season as he may declare for the 2022 NFL Draft. 

Corral was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation Bowl Subdivision National Offensive Player of the Week after his performance. 

Latino Defensive Player of the Week, Malcolm Rodriguez

Oklahoma State linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez. The fifth-year senior led the Cowboys with 13 total tackles, eight of them solo, in a 28-23 victory over Tulsa. 

In a Week 1 contest victory over Missouri State, Rodriguez had another stellar performance as he was in on fifteen tackles. 

Rodriguez, a former safety converted to linebacker before the 2019 campaign, has adapted well to the new position. He has led the Cowboys in tackles the last two seasons. He’s a team captain and a Second Team Academic All-Big 12 selection in 2020. 

Rodriguez is known as a “super senior” after electing to play an extra season following an NCAA eligibility ruling that gave players an extra season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other notable Latino contributors

Texas A&M sophomore quarterback Zach Calzada came off the bench in Denver to help the No. 5 Aggies avoid the upset. Considering that starting quarterback Haynes King suffered a lower leg injury, it won’t be surprising if Calzada and Matt Corral face each other this season.

At Our Esquina, where we amplify Latino stories and voices in sports, arts and culture, we’ll keep track of all the Latinos playing college football.

This is our second weekly list of Latinos in college football. We want to highlight their achievements and tell their stories during the season.  

Our list has grown since last week. If you know of somebody who is missing from this list, please let us know.  Email for any additions.

Alonso, MandyVirginia DLTackles, 3- Total, 1- solo W, 42-14Illinois
Araiza, Matt SDSUP/K7 punts, 53.1 avg., 3 inside 20
FG: 1-2
W, 38-14Arizona 
Aranda, Dave Baylor Head Coach W, 66-7Texas Southern 
Arias, Daniel Colorado WR 3 rec., 37 yds.L, 7-10Texas A&M
Arroyo, ElijahMiami (FL)TE1 rec., 11 yds. W, 25-23, Appalachian State
Avalos, AlexBoise StateHead CoachW, 54-13UTEP
Banda, Ephraim Utah StateDef. Coord/SafetiesW, 48-25North Dakota 
Borregales, AndrésMiami (FL)K3-4, FGsLong: 43W, 25-23, Appalachian State 
Calzada, ZachTexas A&MQB18/38-183 yds., 1 TD
7 rushes-28 yds.
W, 10-7 Colorado 
Camarena, Evan Portland StateCB6 tackles, 3 solo1 Pass DefendedL, 24-44Washington State
Canales, Mike “Chico”Maryland Analyst W, 62-10Howard 
Cardenas, OscarUTSATE1 rec. 19 yds. W, 54-0Lamar
Coley, JamesTexas A&MTE CoachW, 10-7 Colorado 
Corral, MattOle Miss QB21/33 281 yds., 5 TD’s
8 rushes, 35 yds.
W, 54-17Austin Peay
Corrales, Beau North CarolinaWRNO STATSW, 59-17Georgia State 
Cristobal, Mario Oregon Head CoachW, 35-28Ohio State
Cruz, Gunner Arizona  QB10-19, 70 yds.1 TD, 1 INTL, 38-14San Diego St. 
Davila, PeterAlbany DB Coach L, 14-16Rhode Island 
Diaz, MannyMiami (FL)Head Coach W, 25-23Appalachian State 
Escobar, Alex New Mex. St. RBNO STATSL, 25-34New Mexico 
Escobar, Ivan New Mex. St.DLNO STATSL, 25-34New Mexico 
Figueroa, Nick USCDLTackles- 1 solo and 1 TFLL, 28-42Stanford
Flores,ReynaldoUTEPRB5 rushes, 38 yds.1 rec., 9 ydsL, 13-54Boise State
Flores, Justin Maine WR coach L, 7-55James Madison 
Fuente, Justin Virginia Tech Head Coach W, 35-14Middle Tennessee St. 
Garcia, Elijah Rice DLTackles- 6- Total 3- Solo.5- TFL.5- SackL, 7-44Houston
Garcia, JulioUNLVOL155 yds.- Total offenseL, 10-37Arizona State 
Garcia, Xavier Temple Def. GAW, 45-24Akron
Garcia- Castaneda, Isaiah New Mexico St. WR3 rec., 98 yds, 1 TDL, 25-34New Mexico 
Gonzalez, Billy FloridaWR/ Passing Game Coord. W, 42-20South Florida
Gonzales, Christian ColoradoCBTackles- 6 solo, 2 TFLL, 7-10Texas A&M
Gonzales, Danny New Mexico Head CoachW, 34-25New Mexico State
Gonzales, PaulTCUSafeties Coach W, 34-32California 
Gutierrez, Daniel UNLVK1/1- FG1/1- PATL, 10-37Arizona State 
Hernandez, DanEastern Illinois OL CoachL, 10-17Dayton
Hernandez, Zach Cal Poly DB6 solo tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack L, 10-63Fresno State
Infante, Gabe TempleRB CoachW, 45-24Akron
Jackson, Jim Rice TE Coach L, 7-44Houston
Lozano, AlexPortland StateLB4 tackles, 3 solo1 pass defended L, 24-44Washington State
Magana, Jorge Montana TechLBNO STATSBYE
Maldonado, DinoNM StateQB14/35- 203 yds. 2 TD- 2 INT
6 rushes, 46 yds.
L, 25-34New Mexico 
Martinez, Adrian Nebraska QB13/19- 242 yds, 2 passing TD’s 
9 rushes, 112 yds.
Martinez, MarcTarleton St. LB coachW, 54-7Fort Lewis 
Martinez, Willie TennesseeCB coach L, 34-41Pittsburgh
Mateos, Eric Baylor OLW, 66-7Texas Southern 
Mejia, Christian Washington St. DL1 solo tackleW, 44-24 Portland State
Melo, Lucas Davenport University Run Game Coordinator/Defensive LineW, 10-6Walsh University 
Mendez, Julian Ottawa University Offensive Coordinator L, 14-38Avila University 
Mirabal, AlexOregon OL Coach W, 35-28Ohio State 
Montano, Abraham Fresno StateK1 tackle,0/0 – FG9/9- PATW, 63-10Cal Poly
Montero, AntonioRiceLBTackles- 10 total, 2 -solo, 2- TFLL, 7-44Houston 
Morales, Kamari North Carolina TE4 rec., 42 yds.W, 59-17Georgia State
Navarro, Juan NCCU DL CoachL, 10-44Marshall 
Navarro, Donny Illinois WR2 rec.,11 yds.
2 KR, 22 yds.
L, 14-42Virginia
Nunez, JayEastern MichiganSp. TeamsAssoc. HCL, 7-34Wisconsin
Olave, Chris Ohio StateWR12 rec.,126 yds.L, 28-35Oregon 
Ornelas, JesseCentral Oklahoma RB CoachL, 21-31Emporia State 
Ortega, Josh UTEPDETackles- 1, soloL, 13-54Boise State
Ortega- Jones, Julian Texas St. WR NO STATS. W, 23-17FIU
Pacheco, IsaihRutgersRB18 rushes, 44 yds.W, 17-7 Syracuse 
Padilla, DavidCharleston Southern Ass’t AD for FootballBYE
Pagan, Justice Portland StateLB4 tackles, 1-solo, 1-5 – TFLL, 24-44Washington State
Perales, David Fresno StateDLTackles-1, soloW, 63-10Cal Poly
Ponce, Frank Appalachian State Offensive Coordinator L, 23-25Miami (FL)
Ramirez, Manny Texas SouthernOL Coach L, 7-66Baylor 
Regalado, MarcoWashington StateDirector of On-Campus RecruitingW, 44-24Portland State 
Restrepo, XavierMiami (FL)WR1 rec. 18 yds. W, 25-23Appalachian State
Reveles, MiguelLa VerneOffensive CoordinatorL, 25-59Chapman
Rivas- Sandoval, CesarSoutheastern University Head CoachBYE
Rodriguez, Anthony Portland StateTE1 solo tackle L, 24-44Washington State
Rodriguez, DrewTowson St. QB coachL, 14-26New Hampshire
Rodriguez, JoelFIUOL coach W, 23-17FIU
Rodriguez, Juan Fresno State TE2 catches, 27 yds. W, 63-10Cal Poly
Rodriguez, Justin UTSARB2 carries, 4 yds. 1 rec. , 9 yds. W, 54-0 Lamar
Rodriguez, MalcolmOklahoma St.LB13 tackles, 8 solo, .5 TFLW, 28-23Tulsa
Rodriguez, OscarAkronAssoc. HC/ ILBW, 45-24Temple
Rodriguez, Robert Arizona St.DL coachW, 37-10UNLV
Rojas, Manny Delaware Def. CoordinatorW, 27-10St. Francis
Rubio, Cruz Cal Poly LS1 solo tackle L, 10-63Fresno State
Santa Cruz, Victor Hawaii Defensive Ends coachL, 27-45Oregon St.
Santana, JuanCarlos Tulsa WR4 rec.,61 yds.L, 23-28Oklahoma State
Segura, Justin New Mexico St. DLTackles- 2- solo, .5 TFLL, 25-34New Mexico 
Soto, AnthonyLenoir-Rhyne Offensive Coordinator/ /OLBYE
Steele, Chris USCCBTackles- 4 total3- soloL, 28-42Stanford
Velazquez, AlonzoWyoming OL347 yds.- Total offenseW, 50-43Northern Illinois
Ybarra, AustinMontana TechLBBYE

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