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Matt Corral puts on show for NFL scouts, GMs

Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral, Texas A&M’s Seth Small, Eastern Michigan’s Jose Ramirez shine

Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral had a big audience in Oxford, Miss., on Saturday. Scouts from 16 NFL teams, including two general managers, were there to watch the gunslinger against Liberty quarterback Malik Willis.

Our Esquina’s weekly list of Latinos in college football has had one consistent star, and it’s the superstar quarterback at Ole Miss.

This is a look to see how Latinos in college football and their teams fared.  We’ve highlighted their achievements and told  their stories during the season.

Latino Players of the Week

Latino Offensive Player of the Week

Matt Corral didn’t disappoint against Malik Willis, a 2022 NFL Draft prospect. Corral and Ole Miss bested Willis’ Liberty squad, 27-14, largely on the strength of his 324-yard passing performance.

Corral completed 20 of 27 passes with one touchdown. Willis went 16 of 25 for 173 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. It remains to be seen whether either or both of them declare for the draft. They both will have eligibility remaining after this season.  However, on Saturday Corral had the upper hand. 

Latino Defensive Player of the Week

Eastern Michigan’s Jose Ramírez excelled in Tuesday-night #MACTION. He had 10 tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and a quarterback hurry in Eastern Michigan’s 52-49 win over the heavily favored home team, Toledo Rockets. 

EMU is now bowl eligible at 6-3.

Latino Special Teams Player of the Week

Texas A&M kicker Seth Small knocked in four field goals in a 20-3 victory over Auburn. It was not an offensively challenging game for the Aggies who put up 409 yards. 

However, Texas A&M could not find the end zone. The game’s only touchdown was a defensive score, a Micheal Clemons 24-yard fumble return in the fourth quarter and needed Small’s  contributions. 

Small booted field goals of 21, 29, 47 and 37 yards.

Highlighting the Coaches 

It was a good week for Latino coaches. Marcus Arroyo earned his first victory as UNLV head coach with a 31-17 win over Danny Gonzales’ New Mexico Lobos.

After a slow start, Mario Cristobal’s Oregon Ducks soared over the Washington Huskies, 26-16, in a Pacific Northwest rivalry game that turned entertaining during the week. 

Washington head coach Jimmy Lake was asked about the recruiting rivalries between the two schools.

“I think that is way more pumped up (by the media and public) than it is,” he said. “Our battles are really … the schools that we go against are way more … have academic prowess — like the University of Washington, Notre Dame, Stanford, USC. 

“We go with a lot of battles toe-to-toe all the way to the end with those schools. So I think that’s made up a lot and pumped up in your (recruiting service/media) world. In our world, we battle more academically prowess teams.”

After the game , Cristobal said of his team’s performance:

“I’m proud of the way our guys came out and showed our prowess in handling inclement weather and continuing to play hard throughout the entire game,” he said.


Aguilar, Luis NAU K FG- 1/1PAT- 3/3 L, 40-24 UC Davis 
Alcoser, Joe  Houston  DFO W, 54-42 South Florida 
Alonso, Mandy Virginia  DL BYE
Araiza, Matt  San Diego St. P/K FG-1/2PAT- 2/2  W, 17-10 Hawaii
Aranda, Dave  Baylor  Head Coach  L, 30-28TCU
Arias, Daniel  Colorado  WR  2 rec., 52 yds., 1 TD W, 37-34 Oregon State
Arroyo, Elijah Miami (FL) TE 1 rec., 19 yds. W, 33-30 GA Tech
Arroyo, Marcus UNLV Head Coach  W, 31-17 UNM
Avalos, Andy Boise State Head Coach W, 40-14 Fresno State
Aybar, Wilfredo Stanford LB NO STATS L, 52-7 Utah
Banda, Ephraim  Utah State Def. Coord/Safeties W, 35-13 NMSU
Barr-Mira, Nicholas UCLA K BYE
Borregales, Andrés Miami (FL) K FG- 2/3PAT- 3/3 W, 33-30 GA Tech
Calzada, Zach Texas A&M QB 15-29, 192 yds.2 rushes, 8 yds.  W, 20-3 Auburn
Camarena, Evan  Portland State CB 3 tackles W, 30-18 Weber State
Canales, Mike “Chico” Maryland  Analyst  L, 31-14 Penn State
Cardenas, Oscar UTSA TE 1 rec., 24 yds. W, 44-23 UTEP
Cavazos, Lejond Ohio State  CB NO STATS W, 26-17 Nebraska
Chavez, Isaiah  New Mexico  QB 3-3, 8 yds., 1 TD5 rushes, 23 yds.  L, 31-17 UNLV
Coley, James Texas A&M TE Coach W, 20-3 Auburn
Corral, Matt Ole Miss  QB 20-27, 324 yds, 1 TD6 rushes, 9 yd W, 27-14 Liberty
Corrales, Beau  North Carolina WR NO STATS W, 58-55 Wake Forest
Cristobal, Mario  Oregon  Head Coach W, 26-16 Washington
Cropper, Jalen  Fresno St.  WR 3 rec., 46 yds. L, 40-14 Boise State
Cruz, Gunner  Arizona   QB NO STATS W, 10-3 California
Davila, Peter Albany  DB Coach  W, 20-7 New Hampshire
Diaz, Manny Miami (FL) Head Coach  W, 33-30 GA Tech
Echevarria, Jesus  Washington St.  DL BYE
Escobar, Alex  NM State RB 2 rushes, 3 yds.  L, 35-13 Utah State
Escobar, Ivan  NM State DL NO STATS L, 35-13 Utah State
Fernandez, Aaron  Southern Utah RGC/OL L, 42-24 Idaho
Figueroa, Nick  USC DL NO STATS L, 31-16 Arizona State
Flores, Joah New Mexico  WR NO STATS L, 31-17 UNLV
Flores, Justin  Maine  WR coach  L, 22-17  Stony Brook
Fuente, Justin  Virginia Tech  Head Coach  L, 17-3 Boston College 
Flores, Reynaldo UTEP RB 1 rec., 7 yds.  L, 44-23 UTSA
Garcia, Albert  Fresno St.  DPP L, 40-14 Boise State
Garcia, Cole  Rice  DL NO STATS L, 31-24 Charlotte
Garcia, Elijah  Rice  DL 5 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 0.5 TFL L, 31-24 Charlotte
Garcia, Jake  Miami (FL) QB NO STATS W, 33-30 GA Tech
Garcia, Julio UNLV OL Total offense- 304 yds.  W, 31-17 UNM
Garcia, Xavier  Temple  Def. GA L, 45-3 East Carolina
Garcia- Castaneda, Isaiah  NM State WR 1 rec., 5 yds.  L, 35-13 Utah State
Gonzalez, Billy  Florida WR/ Passing Game Coord.  L, 40-17 South Carolina 
Gonzales, Christian  Colorado CB 2 tackles, 2 passes defended W, 37-34 Oregon State
Gonzales, Danny  New Mexico  Head Coach L, 31-17 UNM
Gonzales, Paul TCU Safeties Coach  L, 30-28 TCU
Gutierrez, Daniel  UNLV K FG- 1/1PAT- 4/4 W, 31-17 UNM
Hernandez, Dan Eastern Illinois  OL Coach W, 42-26 Austin Peay
Hernandez, Zach  Cal Poly  DB 1 tackle L, 41-9 Sacramento State
Infante, Gabe  Temple RB Coach L, 45-3 East Carolina
Jackson, Jim  Rice  TE Coach  L, 31-24 Charlotte
Longoria, Esai Montana Tech OL Total Offense- 236 yds. L, 35-21 Montana Western
Loya, Logan  UCLA WR BYE
Lozano, Alex Portland State LB NO STATS W, 30-18 Weber State
Madrigal, Anthony  San Jose St. LB NO STATS L, 27-24 Nevada
Magana, Jorge  Montana Tech LB NO STATS L, 35-21 Montana Western
Maldonado, Dino NM State QB NO STATS L, 35-13 Utah State
Maldonado, Gunner  Arizona  Safety NO STATS W, 10-3 California 
Martinez, Adrian  Nebraska  QB 16-31, 248 yds., 1 TD, 1 INT
18 rushes, 51 yds. , 1 TD
L, 26-17 Ohio State
Martinez, Cameron  Ohio State  SAF 1 tackle W, 26-17 Nebraska
Martinez, RJ NAU QB 7-10, 90 YDS, 1 TD
6 rushes, 26 yds., 1 TD
L, 40-24 UC Davis
Martinez, Marc Tarleton St.  LB coach W, 42-21 Lamar 
Martinez, Willie  Tennessee CB coach  W, 45-42 Kentucky
Mateos, Eric  Baylor  OL L, 30-28 TCU
Matthews, Jesse San Diego State  WR NO STATS W, 17-10 Hawaii
Mejia, Christian  Washington St.  DL BYE
Melo, Lucas  Davenport University  Run Game Coordinator/Defensive Line L, 50-14 Ferris State
Mendez, Julian  Ottawa University  Offensive Coordinator  L, 21-6 Sterling College
Mirabal, Alex Oregon  OL Coach  W, 26-16 Washington 
Montano, Abraham  Fresno State K NO STATS L, 40-14 Boise State
Montero, Antonio Rice LB 6 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack L, 31-24 Charlotte
Morales, Kamari  North Carolina  TE 3 rec., 25 yds. W, 58-55 Wake Forest
Navarro, Jaime  San Jose St.  OL Total Offense- 449 yds.  L, 27-24 Nevada
Navarro, Juan  NCCU  DL Coach W, 38-36 Norfolk State
Navarro, Donny  Illinois  WR NO STATS W, 14-6 Minnesota
Nunez, Jay Eastern Michigan Sp. TeamsAssoc. HC W, 52-49 Toledo
Olave, Chris  Ohio State WR 7 rec., 61 yds., 1 TD W, 26-17 Nebraska
Ornelas, Jesse Central Oklahoma  RB Coach L, 37-22 Nebraska-Kearney
Ortega, Josh  UTEP DE 3 tackles  L, 44-23 UTSA
Ortega- Jones, Julian  Texas St.  WR  1 rec., 4 yds.  W, 27-19 ULM
Ortiz, Angel Ottawa Univ. (AZ) WR Coach W, 61-30 Wayland Baptist
Pacheco, Isaih Rutgers RB 9 rushes, 55 yds.  L, 52-3 Wisconsin 
Padilla, David Charleston Southern  Ass’t AD for Football L, 21-18 NC A&T
Pagan, Justice  Portland State LB 1 tackle, 0.5 sack, 0.5 TFL W, 30-18 Weber State
Perales, David  Fresno State DL 4 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 TFL L, 40-14 Boise State
Ponce, Frank  Appalachian State  Offensive Coordinator  W, 48-14 Arkansas St.
Ramirez, José Eastern Michigan DE 10 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 QB Hurry W, 52-49 Toledo
Ramirez, Manny  Texas Southern OL Coach  L, 41-21 Jackson State
Regalado, Marco Washington State Director of On-Campus Recruiting BYE
Restrepo, Xavier Miami (FL) WR 2 rec., 11 yds.  W, 33-30 GA Tech
Reveles, Miguel La Verne Offensive Coordinator W, 38-37 Pomona Pitzer
Rivas, Eddie  Texas State OL Total Offense- 434 yds.  W, 27-19 ULM
Rivas- Sandoval, Cesar Southeastern University  Head Coach W, 21-14 St. Andrews Univ. 
Rodriguez, Anthony  Portland State TE 1 rec., 1 yd.  W, 30-18 Weber State
Rodriguez, Chris  Kentucky  RB 22 rushes, 109 yds.  L, 45-42 Tennessee 
Rodriguez, Drew Towson St.  QB coach L, 28-17 Richmond
Rodriguez, Jacob Virginia  RB BYE
Rodriguez, Joel FIU OL coach  L, 47-24 ODU
Rodriguez, Juan  Fresno State  TE NO STATS L, 40-14 Boise State
Rodriguez, Justin  UTSA RB NO STATS W, 44-23 UTEP
Rodriguez, Malcolm Oklahoma St. LB 9 tackles, 1 TFL W, 24-3 West Virginia
Rodriguez, Oscar Akron Assoc. HC/ ILB L, 31-25 Ball State
Rodriguez, Robert  Arizona St. DL coach W, 31-16 USC
Rojas, Manny  Delaware  Def. Coordinator W, 24-3 William & Mary
Rubio, Cruz  Cal Poly  LS NO STATS L, 41-9 Sacramento State
Salazar, Martin  Portland State DL NO STATS W, 30-18 Weber State
Sanchez, Angel Montana Tech CB 6 tackles L, 35-21 Montana Western
Santa Cruz, Victor  Hawaii  Defensive Ends coach L, 17-10 San Diego St. 
Santana, Bryce  New Mexico DE NO STATS L, 31-17 UNLV
Santana, JuanCarlos  Tulsa  WR 4 rec., 51 yds., 1 TD L, 28-20 Cincinnati
Segura, Justin  NM State DL 1 tackle W, 35-13 Utah State
Silva, Cesar  Fresno State K PAT- 2/2 L, 40-14 Boise State
Small, Seth Texas A&M  K FG- 4/5 W, 20-3 Auburn
Sori-Marin, Mariano Minnesota  LB 12 tackles  L, 14-6 Illinois 
Soto, Anthony Lenoir-Rhyne  Offensive Coordinator/ /OL W, 56-20 Barton College
Steele, Chris  USC CB 3 tackles  L, 31-16 Arizona State
Stone, Jr., Ron  Washington State LB BYE
Umana, Orlando  Ole Miss OL Total offense- 466 yds.  W, 27-14 Liberty
Velazquez, Alonzo Wyoming  OL Total offense- 477 yds.  W, 31-17 Colorado State
Ybarra, Austin Montana Tech LB NO STATS L, 35-21 Montana Western
Please let us know of other Latinos that you might know of on college football rosters. 

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