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Fresno State’s Jalen Cropper Soars Over UCLA

Jalen Cropper highlights weekly list of Latinos in College Football

Jalen Cropper did it all on Saturday, helping the Fresno State Bulldogs pull off the biggest upset in college football this weekend. He was one of two Latino wide receivers who proved clutch in upsets over Pac-12 teams.

It was another spectacular weekend for Latinos in college football. Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral, last week’s Our Esquina Offensive Player of the Week, continued to make a strong case for the Heisman Trophy.

Like Corral, though, we like to spread the ball around at Our Esquina, where we amplify Latino voices and stories in sports, arts and culture. We are tracking all the Latinos playing or coaching college football.

We want to highlight their achievements and tell their stories during the season, as we did leading up to Cuban American Zach Calzada’s first start for Texas A&M.

Here is a look at the outstanding performances of this past weekend. 

In the Mountain West Conference, two Latino wide receivers were key in upset victories over Pac-12 opponents in the Los Angeles area. 

Latino Offensive Player of the Week

Fresno State wide receiver Jalen Cropper. 

Cropper had 14 catches for 141 yards. His final reception, a 13-yard touchdown with 14 seconds remaining, gave the visiting Bulldogs the 40-37 victory over the UCLA Bruins in the Rose Bowl.

Jalen Cropper, a junior wide receiver, was an All-Mountain West honorable mention selection in 2020. He also rushed for a touchdown in the first quarter against UCLA.

Cropper prepped locally at two Fresno area high schools and is the son of Aaron Cropper and Lisette Moreno. Jalen Cropper’s family made the trek down and represented in Pasadena.

San Diego State wide receiver Jesse Matthews threw a two-point conversion pass at the end of the third overtime to give the Aztecs a 33-31 upset win over the Utah Utes. 

The pass was reminiscent of the Philly Special, popularized by the Eagles in the Super Bowl LII victory over the New England Patriots. 

Matthews, a San Diego native, is a junior and a former walk-on who earned a scholarship. 

Matthews is the nephew of two former NFL players, quarterback Moses Moreno and linebacker Zeke Moreno. 

Latino Defensive Player of the Week

Cameron Martinez, safety, Ohio State.

In a 41-20 victory over Tulsa, Cameron Martinez returned an interception 61 yards for a score in the final minutes of the contest. The pick 6 sealed the victory for the Buckeyes over the pesky Golden Hurricanes, who were within one score as late as the fourth quarter.

Martinez also defended three passes and was part of two tackles. 

The Muskegon, Mich., native is a sophomore academically and only participated in one game during the 2020 season. He is majoring in psychology. Martinez was recognized as an OSU Scholar-Athlete in 2020-21. 

Other impressive performances:

RJ Martinez, a freshman quarterback at FCS program Northern Arizona University.

The 6-foot, 185-pound true freshman from Austin guided the underdog Lumberjacks to a 21-19 massive upset over Arizona, the loser of fifteen straight games. 

RJ is the son of Ray and Jennifer Martinez.

Below is our list of Latinos in college football. Please email if you have a name we should add on this list. 

Latinos in College Football

Aguilar, LuisNAUKPAT-3/3W, 21-19Arizona
Alonso, MandyVirginia DLTackles, 2- TotalL, 39-59North Carolina 
Araiza, Matt San Diego St.P/K9 punts, 51.4 avg.FG: 1-3PAT- 4/4W, 33-31Utah 
Aranda, Dave Baylor Head Coach W, 45-7Kansas 
Arias, Daniel Colorado WR 1 rec., 8 yds.L, 0-30Minnesota
Arroyo, ElijahMiami (FL)uTE1 rec.,7 yds. L, 17-38Michigan State
Arroyo, MarcusUNLVHead Coach L, 3-48Iowa State 
Avalos, AlexBoise StateHead CoachL, 20-21Oklahoma State
Banda, Ephraim Utah StateDef. Coord/SafetiesW, 49-45Air Force 
Barr-Mira, NicholasUCLAKFG-1/1PAT- 4/4L, 37-40Fresno State 
Borregales, AndrésMiami (FL)K1-2, FGsLong: 55PAT: 2/2L, 17-38Michigan State
Calzada, ZachTexas A&MQB19-33, 275 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INTW, 34-0New Mexico
Camarena, Evan Portland StateCB1 tacklesW, 21-7Western Oregon
Canales, Mike “Chico”Maryland Analyst W, 20-17Illinois 
Cardenas, OscarUTSATE2 rec., 15 yds. W, 27-13MTSU
Coley, JamesTexas A&MTE CoachW, 34-0New Mexico
Corral, MattOle Miss QB23-31, 335 yds., 3 TD
13 rushes, 68 yds., 4 TD’s
W, 61-21Tulane 
Corrales, Beau North CarolinaWRNO STATSW, 59-39Virginia 
Cristobal, Mario Oregon Head CoachW, 48-7Stony Brook
Cropper, Jalen Fresno St. WR14 rec., 141 yds. 1 TD
1 rush, 1 yd., 1 TD
W, 40-37UCLA
Cruz, Gunner Arizona  QBNO STATSL, 19-21NAU
Davila, PeterAlbany DB Coach L, 24-62Syracuse 
Diaz, MannyMiami (FL)Head Coach L, 17-38Michigan State
Escobar, Alex NM StateRB1 rush, 1 yd. W, 43-35Carolina State
Escobar, Ivan NM StateDLNO STATSW, 43-35South Carolina State
Fernandez, Aaron Southern UtahRGC/OLW, 40-35Southern Utah
Figueroa, Nick USCDLNO STATSW, 45-14Washington State
Flores, ReynaldoUTEPRBBYEBYE
Flores, Justin Maine WR coach W, 31-26Merrimack
Fuente, Justin Virginia Tech Head Coach W, 27-21West Virginia
Garcia, Elijah Rice DLTackles- 8- Total 2- SoloL, 0-58Texas
Garcia, JulioUNLVOL130 yds.- Total offenseL, 3-48Iowa State
Garcia, Xavier Temple Def. GAL, 3-28Boston College
Garcia- Castaneda, Isaiah NM StateWR3 rec., 78 yds., 1 TDW, 43-35South Carolina State
Gonzalez, Billy FloridaWR/ Passing Game Coord. L, 29-31Alabama
Gonzales, Christian ColoradoCBTackles- 1 solo, L, 0-30Minnesota
Gonzales, Danny New Mexico Head CoachL, 0-34Texas A&M
Gonzales, PaulTCUSafeties Coach BYE
Gutierrez, Daniel UNLVK1/1- FGL, 3-48Iowa State
Hernandez, DanEastern Illinois OL CoachL, 24-31Illinois State
Hernandez, Zach Cal Poly DB2 solo tackles, 1 Fumble RecoveryL, 14-48South Dakota
Infante, Gabe TempleRB CoachL, 3-28Boston College
Jackson, Jim Rice TE Coach L, 0-58Texas 
Lozano, AlexPortland StateLB2 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack W, 21-7Western Oregon
Madrigal, Anthony San Jose St.LBNO STATSW, 17-13Hawaii
Magana, Jorge Montana TechLBNO STATSW, 31-29Rocky Mtn. College 
Maldonado, DinoNM StateQB24-33, 321 YDS, 3 TD
5 rushes, 21 yds.
W, 43-35South Carolina State
Martinez, Adrian Nebraska QB19-25, 289 yds., 1 TD, 1 INT 
17 rushes, 34 yds., 1 TD
L, 16-23Oklahoma
Martinez, Cameron Ohio State SAFTackles- 
2- total , 1-solo
3 PD, 1 INT, 61 yds., 1 TD
W, 41-20Tulsa
Martinez, RJNAUQB11-16, 88 yds. , 1 TD, 1 INT
6 rushes, 43 yds.
W, 21-19Arizona
Martinez, MarcTarleton St. LB coachL, 35-40Southern Utah
Martinez, Willie TennesseeCB coach W, 56-0Tennessee Tech
Mateos, Eric Baylor OLW, 45-7Kansas 
Matthews, JesseSan Diego St. WR2 rec., 11 yds. 2 pt. conversion passW, 33-31 Utah
Mejia, Christian Washington St. DLTackles- 3- total, 1 TFLL, 14-45USC
Melo, Lucas Davenport University Run Game Coordinator/Defensive LineL, 14-20Northern Michigan 
Mendez, Julian Ottawa University Offensive Coordinator L,  14- 33MacPherson University  
Mirabal, AlexOregon OL Coach W, 48-7Stony Brook
Montano, Abraham Fresno StateK1 tackle,2/2 – FG4/4- PATW, 40-37UCLA
Montero, AntonioRiceLBTackles- 6-total, 1-solo, 0.5- TFLL, 0-58Texas
Morales, Kamari North Carolina TE1 rec., 3 yds.W, 59-39Virginia 
Navarro, Jaime SJSUOLTotal offense-291 yardsHawaii 
Navarro, Juan NCCU DL CoachW, 20-13Winston-Salem
Navarro, Donny Illinois WR3 rec.,27 yds.1 KR, 22 yds.3 PR, 11 yds.L, 17-20Maryland 
Nunez, JayEastern MichiganSp. TeamsAssoc. HCW, 42-28UMASS
Olave, Chris Ohio StateWRNO STATS.W, 41-20Tulsa
Ornelas, JesseCentral Oklahoma RB CoachL, 10-14Missouri Southern
Ortega- Jones, Julian Texas St. WR 2 rec., 28 yds. Incarnate Word
Ortiz, AngelOttawa Univ. (AZ)W, 45-31Texas Wesleyan
Pacheco, IsaihRutgersRB12 rushes, 67 yds., 2 TD’s
1 rec., -3 yds.
W, 45-13Delaware
Padilla, DavidCharleston Southern Ass’t AD for FootballL, 14-41Monmouth 
Pagan, Justice Portland StateLB2 tacklesW, 21-7Western Oregon
Perales, David Fresno StateDLTackles-1, soloW, 40-37UCLA
Ponce, Frank Appalachian State Offensive Coordinator W, 44-10Elon
Ramirez, Manny Texas SouthernOL Coach BYE
Regalado, MarcoWashington StateDirector of On-Campus RecruitingL, 14-45USC
Restrepo, XavierMiami (FL)WR1 rec. 7 yds. L, 17-38Michigan State
Reveles, MiguelLa VerneOffensive CoordinatorL, 12-22Pacific Lutheran
Rivas, Eddie Texas StateOLTotal Offense  – 448 yards L, 34-42 Incarnate Word
Rivas- Sandoval, CesarSoutheastern University Head CoachW 20-14, Thomas More
Rodriguez, Anthony Portland StateTENO STATSW, 21-7Western Oregon
Rodriguez, DrewTowson St. QB coachW, 35-7 North Dakota State
Rodriguez, JacobVirginia RB3 rushes, 14 yds3 rec., 23 yds. . L, 39-59North Carolina 
Rodriguez, JoelFIUOL coach W, 54-21Texas Tech
Rodriguez, Juan Fresno State TE3 rec., 25 yds. W, 40-37UCLA
Rodriguez, Justin UTSARBNO STATSW, 27-13Middle Tennessee 
Rodriguez, MalcolmOklahoma St.LB8 tackles, 5 solo, .5 TFLW, 21-20Boise State
Rodriguez, OscarAkronAssoc. HC/ ILBW, 35-14Bryant 
Rodriguez, Robert Arizona St.DL coachW, 27-17BYU
Rojas, Manny Delaware Def. CoordinatorL, 13-45Rutgers
Rubio, Cruz Cal Poly LSNO STATS L, 14-48South Dakota
Santa Cruz, Victor Hawaii Defensive Ends coachL, 13-17San Jose St.
Santana, JuanCarlos Tulsa WR7 rec.,78 yds.L, 20-41Ohio State 
Segura, Justin NM StateDLTackles- 1- solo, 1- TFL, 2- QB hurryW, 43-35South Carolina State
Sori-Marin, MarianoMinnesota LBTackles- 4 -solo, 2 TFLW, 34-0Colorado
Soto, AnthonyLenoir-Rhyne Offensive Coordinator/ /OLTotal offense-337 yardsL, 21-28Newberry
Steele, Chris USCCBTackles- 1 total W, 45-14Washington State
Umana, Orlando Ole MissOLTotal offense- 707 yds. W, 63-21 Tulane 
Velazquez, AlonzoWyoming OLTotal offense- 378 yardsW, 45-12Ball State
Ybarra, AustinMontana TechLBW, 31-29Rocky Mtn.College

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