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Dave Aranda has Baylor rolling, Cropper leads Fresno State

Baylor's Dave Aranda builds momentum in Waco

Dave Aranda claimed his first signature victory of his brief career as head coach at Baylor on Saturday. Living up to his reputation as one of the best defensive minds in the game, Aranda guided the Bears to an upset over Iowa State.

The undefeated Bears (4-0) knocked off one of the early favorites for the Big 12 title. Now Aranda has folks in Waco, Texas, excited about the future.

At Our Esquina, where we amplify Latino stories and voices in sports, we are tracking all Latinos in college football. Of the 112 Latinos coaches and players we are currently tracking, Aranda and Oregon coach Mario Cristobal have teams in the Top 25 in the Associated Press poll.

Cristobal’s Ducks (4-0) are No. 3 in the AP Poll, behind only No. 2 Georgia and defending national champion Alabama. Baylor entered the Top 25 for the first time this week at No. 21.

Jalen Cropper, Latino Offensive Player of the Week

For the second consecutive week, Fresno State wide receiver Jalen Cropper is our Offensive Player of the Week. 

In the Bulldogs’ conference opener, Cropper had four receiving touchdowns to help the Bulldogs overcome a slow start and two double-digit deficits to defeat UNLV 38-30.

Cropper scored the Bulldogs’ final four touchdowns before 35,093 on a smoke-filled Friday night in Fresno. He finished with 10 catches for 108 yards.

The 18th ranked Bulldogs (3-1) head to Hawaii this week.

Malcolm Rodriguez, Latino Defensive Player of the Week

Oklahoma State super senior linebacker Malcom Rodriguez recovered a fumble in the end zone with 3:15 remaining in the first quarter to give the Cowboys a 21-10 lead. 

Rodriguez had seven tackles, six of them solo, one tackle for loss and two quarterback hurries In route in a 31-20 victory over Kansas State.

The Cowboys stymied the Kansas State offense. Rodriguez and Co. held the Wildcats to only 260 yards of total offense, including a season-low 62 yards rushing. The Cowboys are 4-0 and ranked 19th.

Dave Aranda, Latino Coach of the Week

On the same weekend one of his childhood inspirations, Tom Flores, was honored at halftime of the Las Vegas Raiders’ game, Dave Aranda guided Baylor over Iowa State.

Aranda, who is in his second season as head coach of the Bears, is showing why Baylor drew praise when he was lured away from LSU after helping the Tigers win the national championship.

Don’t be surprised if Aranda has Baylor in the Big 12 title game later this year.

Latinos in College Football

LAST NAME, FIRST NAMETEAMPOSITIONSTATSTEAM RESULT
Aguilar, LuisNAUKFG- 1/3PAT-1/1L, 17-10Northern Colorado
Alonso, MandyVirginia DLTackles, 4- Total, 1- solo, 0.5 TFLL, 37-17Wake Forest 
Araiza, Matt San Diego St.P/K3 punts, 65.7 avg.FG: 2-2PAT- 6/6W, 48-21Towson   
Aranda, Dave Baylor Head Coach W, 31-29Iowa State 
Arias, Daniel Colorado WR NO STATS.L, 35-13Arizona State 
Arroyo, ElijahMiami (FL)TE1 rec.,7 yds. W, 69-0Central Connecticut
Arroyo, MarcusUNLVHead Coach L, 38-30Fresno State
Avalos, AndyBoise StateHead CoachW, 27-3Utah State
Aybar, WilfredoStanfordLBNO STATSL, 35-24UCLA
Banda, Ephraim Utah StateDef. Coord/SafetiesL, 27-3Boise State
Barr-Mira, NicholasUCLAKFG-0/1PAT- 5/5W, 35-24Stanford
Borregales, AndrésMiami (FL)KPAT: 7/7W, 69-0Central Connecticut
Calzada, ZachTexas A&MQB20-36, 151 YDS, 1 INTL, 20-10Arkansas
Camarena, Evan Portland StateCB3 tacklesL, 30-17Montana St. 
Canales, Mike “Chico”Maryland Analyst W, 37-16Kent State
Cardenas, OscarUTSATENO STATS W, 31-28Memphis
Cavazos, LejondOhio State CB2 tacklesW, 59-7Akron
Coley, JamesTexas A&MTE CoachL, 20-10Arkansas
Corral, MattOle Miss QBNO STATSBYE
Corrales, Beau North CarolinaWRNO STATSL, 45-22Georgia Tech
Cristobal, Mario Oregon Head CoachW, 41-19Arizona
Cropper, Jalen Fresno St. WR10 rec., 108 yds. 4 TDW, 38-30UNLV
Cruz, Gunner Arizona  QBNO STATSL, 41-19Oregon
Davila, PeterAlbany DB Coach BYE
Diaz, MannyMiami (FL)Head Coach W, 69-0Central Connecticut
Escobar, Alex NM StateRBNO STATS L, 41-21Hawai’i
Escobar, Ivan NM StateDL1 Tackle L, 41-21Hawai’i
Fernandez, Aaron Southern UtahRGC/OLL, 50-21Eastern Washington 
Figueroa, Nick USCDLTackles 2- Total, 1- SoloL, 45-27Oregon State
Flores, ReynaldoUTEPRBNO STATSW, 20-13New Mexico
Flores, JoahNew Mexico WR1/1, 5 yds. L, 20-13UTEP
Flores, Justin Maine WR coach L, 41-14Northern Illinois 
Fuente, Justin Virginia Tech Head Coach W, 21-10Richmond
Flores, ReynaldoUTEPRBNO STATSW, 20-13New Mexico
Garcia, Elijah Rice DLTackles- 32- soloW, 48-34Texas Southern 
Garcia, Jake Miami (FL)QB11/14, 147 yds, 2 TD
1 rush, 45 yds. 
W, 69-0 Central Connecticut St. 
Garcia, JulioUNLVOL433 yds.- Total offenseL, 38-30Fresno State
Garcia, Xavier Temple Def. GAW, 41-7Wagner
Garcia- Castaneda, Isaiah NM StateWR4 rec., 18 yds.L, 41-21Hawai’i
Gonzalez, Billy FloridaWR/ Passing Game Coord. W, 38-14Tennessee
Gonzales, Christian ColoradoCBTackles- 7- Total, 5- solo, 1- TFLL, 35-13Arizona State
Gonzales, Danny New Mexico Head CoachL, 20-13UTEP
Gonzales, PaulTCUSafeties Coach L, 42-34SMU
Gutierrez, Daniel UNLVK3/3- FGL, 38-30Fresno State
Hernandez, DanEastern Illinois OL CoachW, 28-14Tennessee Tech
Hernandez, Zach Cal Poly DB1 pass breakupL, 39-7Montana
Infante, Gabe TempleRB CoachW, 41-7Wagner 
Jackson, Jim Rice TE Coach W, 48-34Texas Southern 
Loya, Logan UCLAWR1 rec., 4 yds. W, 34-20Stanford
Lozano, AlexPortland StateLB7 tackles, 6- soloL, 30-17Montana State 
Madrigal, Anthony San Jose St.LBNO STATSL, 23-3Western Michigan
Magana, Jorge Montana TechLBNO STATSL, 45-21Montana Western
Maldonado, DinoNM StateQBNO STATSL, 41-21Hawai’i
Maldonado, Gunner Arizona Safety6 tackles, 4 soloL, 41-19Oregon 
Martinez, Adrian Nebraska QB24/34, 251 yds., 1 INT 
20 rushes, 65 yds., 2 TD’s
L, 23-20Michigan State
Martinez, Cameron Ohio State SAFTackles- 
1- total 
W, 59-7Akron
Martinez, RJNAUQB21-37, 208 YDS
14 rushes, 29 yds.
L, 17-10Northern Colorado
Martinez, MarcTarleton St. LB coachW, 40-21New Mexico Highlands
Martinez, Willie TennesseeCB coach L, 38-14Florida
Mateos, Eric Baylor OLW, 31-29Iowa State
Matthews, JesseSan Diego St. WR2 rec., 13 yds. W, 48-21Towson
Mejia, Christian Washington St. DLTackles- 2- totalL, 24-13Utah
Melo, Lucas Davenport University Run Game Coordinator/Defensive LineL, 38-0Ferris State 
Mendez, Julian Ottawa University Offensive Coordinator L, 78-28Bethel College 
Mirabal, AlexOregon OL Coach W, 41-19Arizona 
Montano, Abraham Fresno StateKNO STATSW, 38-30UNLV
Montero, AntonioRiceLBTackles- 6-total, 3-solo, 1.5- TFL1- PDW, 48-34Texas Southern
Morales, Kamari North Carolina TE7 rec.,66 yds., 1 TDL, 45-22Georgia Tech
Navarro, Jaime San Jose St. OLTotal offense-291 yardsL, 23-3Western Michigan
Navarro, Juan NCCU DL CoachL, 37-14North Carolina A&T
Navarro, Donny Illinois WR1 rec., 6 yds.2 PR, 7 yds.L, 13-9Purdue
Nunez, JayEastern MichiganSp. TeamsAssoc. HCW, 59-21Texas State
Olave, Chris Ohio StateWR2 rec.,12 yds.W, 59-7Akron 
Ornelas, JesseCentral Oklahoma RB CoachL, 38-0NW Missouri State 
Ortega, Josh UTEPDEBYEW, 20-13New Mexico
Ortega- Jones, Julian Texas St. WR 1 rec., 13 yds. W, 59-21Eastern Michigan
Ortiz, AngelOttawa Univ. (AZ)WR CoachW, 49-19Louisiana College
Pacheco, IsaihRutgersRB20 rushes, 107 yds.
2 rec.,14 yds.
L, 20-13Michigan
Padilla, DavidCharleston Southern Ass’t AD for FootballL, 31-28East Carolina 
Pagan, Justice Portland StateLB3 tackles, 1 – TFLL, 30-17Montana State
Perales, David Fresno StateDLTackles-3TFL- 1.5Sack- 0.55W, 38-30UNLV
Ponce, Frank Appalachian State Offensive Coordinator W, 31-30Marshall
Ramirez, Manny Texas SouthernOL Coach L, 48-34Rice
Regalado, MarcoWashington StateDirector of On-Campus RecruitingL, 35-24Utah
Restrepo, XavierMiami (FL)WR4 rec. 75 yds. W, 69-0Central Connecticut
Reveles, MiguelLa VerneOffensive CoordinatorBYE
Rivas, Eddie Texas StateOLTotal Offense  – 448 yards L, 59-21Eastern Michigan
Rivas- Sandoval, CesarSoutheastern University Head CoachL, 63-14University of the Cumberlands 
Rodriguez, Anthony Portland StateTE1 rec., 12 yds. L, 30-17Montana State
Rodriguez, Chris Kentucky RB26 rushes, 144 yds.
2 rec., 5 yds.  
W, 16-10 South Carolina 
Rodriguez, DrewTowson St. QB coachL, 48-21San Diego State
Rodriguez, JacobVirginia RBNO STATSL, 37-17Wake Forest 
Rodriguez, JoelFIUOL coach L, 31-27Central Michigan
Rodriguez, Juan Fresno State TENO STATS W, 38-30UNLV
Rodriguez, Justin UTSARBNO STATSW, 31-28Memphis
Rodriguez, MalcolmOklahoma St.LB7 tackles, 6-solo, 1-TFL2- QB Hurries W, 30-21Kansas State
Rodriguez, OscarAkronAssoc. HC/ ILBL, 59-7Ohio State
Rodriguez, Robert Arizona St.DL coachW, 35-13Colorado
Rojas, Manny Delaware Def. CoordinatorBYE
Rubio, Cruz Cal Poly LSNO STATS L, 39-7Montana 
Sanchez, AngelMontana TechCBTotal- 7Solo-3TFL- 1.5L, 45-21Montana Western
Santa Cruz, Victor Hawaii Defensive Ends coachW, 41-21NM State
Santana, Bryce New MexicoDETotal- 2 tackles, 1- soloL, 20-14UTEP
Santana, JuanCarlos Tulsa WR7 rec.,78 yds.W, 41-34Arkansas State
Segura, Justin NM StateDLTackles- 2- totalL, 41-21Hawai’i
Silva, Cesar Fresno StateKFG-2/2PAT- 2/2W, 38-30UNLV
Small, SethTexas A&M KFG- 1/1PAT- 1/1L, 20-10Arkansas 
Sori-Marin, MarianoMinnesota LB8- Total5- Solo1- PDL, 14-10Bowling Green
Soto, AnthonyLenoir-Rhyne Offensive Coordinator/ /OLW, 31-16Mars Hill
Steele, Chris USCCBTackles- 4- total, 1- soloL, 45-27Oregon State
Umana, Orlando Ole MissOLNO STATS BYE
Velazquez, AlonzoWyoming OLTotal offense- 352 yardsW, 24-22UConn
Ybarra, AustinMontana TechLBNO STATSL, 45-21Montana Western

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