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Ohio State’s Chris Olave Leads Latinos In College Football

Our Esquina tracks contributions of Latinos in college football

If you watched closely, you surely noticed Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave and other Latinos in college football making impacts during the first full week of the season. Latinos have a rich history in college football. This season promises to add another strong chapter.

Whether head coaches such as Mario Cristobal of Oregon or defensive linemen such as Fresno State’s David Perales, there were plenty of Latinos in college football this weekend. USC defensive back Chris Steele, whose mother is Mexican, also shone while helping the Trojans put on a defensive show against San Jose State.  

Pro Football Hall of Famers such as Anthony Muñoz and Tony Gonzalez first captured the sports world’s attention at USC and Cal, respectively. The next generation looks promising too, whether playing or coaching.

Several Latinos had impressive performances this weekend, including Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral. Following the legacy of Hall of Famer Tom Flores, Corral accounted for 436 total yards of offense and two touchdowns while completing 22 of his 32 attempts.

Arizona quarterback Gunner Cruz passed for 336 yards. Perales helped the Bulldogs put a scare into Cristobal’s Ducks.

Tracking Latinos in college football

At Our Esquina, where we amplify Latino voices in sports, arts and culture, we’ll keep track of all the Latinos playing college football. This is our first weekly list of Latinos in college football.

We want to highlight their achievements and tell their stories during the season. There is no database at this point of Latinos playing college football, so this list is admittedly incomplete. Please email us if we missed a name.  

Chris Olave
Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave torched Minnesota.

Latino Offensive Player of the Week

Chris Olave, wide receiver, The Ohio State University.

The San Diego native had four catches for 117 yards, with two of the catches going for scores in Ohio State’s season opening win against the upstart University of Minnesota.

Keep an eye on Olave, a Buckeyes captain, this season. He will likely be picked in the first or second round of the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft. 

Latino Defensive Player of the Week

David Perales of Fresno State

Perales nearly helped the Bulldogs pull off a major upset over Pac-12 powerhouse Oregon, which is led by Cuban-American Mario Cristobal. 

Perales, a Central Valley product from Merced, Calif., notched four solo tackles and a half a tackle for the Bulldogs against the Ducks. 

Aranda, Dave Baylor Head Coach W, 29-20Texas State 
Arias, Daniel Colorado WR 0 catchesW, 35-7  Northern Colorado
Avalos, AlexBoise StateHead CoachL, 31-36Central Florida 
Banda, Ephraim Utah StateDef. Coord/SafetiesW, 26-23Washington State 
Canales, Mike “Chico”Maryland Analyst W, 30-24West Virginia 
Cardenas, OscarUTSATE1 tackleW, 37-30Illinois
Corral, MattOle Miss QB22/32, 436 total YDS, 2 total TDsLouisville
Corrales, Beau North CarolinaWR0 catches L, 10- 17 Virginia Tech
Cristobal, Mario Oregon Head CoachW, 31-24Fresno State
Cruz, Gunner Arizona  QB34-45, 336 yds1 TD, 1 INL, 24-16BYU
Diaz, MannyMiami (FL)Head Coach L, 13-44Alabama
Escobar, Alex New Mex. St. RB1 rec., 19 yds. L, 10-28San Diego St. 
Escobar, Ivan New Mex. St.DLTackles- 1 solo, 1 assisted, L, 10-28San Diego St. 
Figueroa, Nick USCDLTackles- 1 solo and TFLW, 30-7San José State
Flores,ReynaldoUTEPRB9 rushes, 37 yds.W, 38-20Bethune-Cookman
Fuente, Justin Virginia Tech Head Coach W, 17-10 North Carolina 
Garcia, Elijah Rice DLTackles- 2 solo, 2 assisted, L, 17-38Arkansas 
Garcia, JulioUNLVOL339 yds.- Total offense
Gonzales, Christian ColoradoCBTackles- 2 solo, 1 assisted, .5 TFLW, 35-7  Northern Colorado
Gonzales, Danny New Mexico Head CoachW, 27-17Houston Baptist 
Gonzales, PaulTCUSafeties Coach W, 45-3 Duquesne
Gutierrez, Daniel UNLVK4/4- FG1/1- PATL, 33-35Eastern Washington
Hernandez, DanEastern Illinois OL CoachL, 0-46South Carolina 
Jackson, Jim Rice TE Coach L, 17-38Arkansas 
Mateos, Eric Baylor OLW, 29-20Texas State 
Melo, Lucas Davenport University Run Game Coordinator/Defensive LineL, 14-31 Truman State 
Mendez, Julian Ottawa University Offensive Coordinator L, 13-41Southwestern College
Mirabal, AlexOregon OL Coach W, 31-24Fresno State
Madrigal, Anthony SJSULBNo stats L, 7-30USC
Montano, Abraham Fresno StateK1 tackle,3/3 – FG1/1- PATL, 24-31Oregon
Montero, AntonioRiceLBTackles- 4 solo, 7 assisted, 1 TFL1 sackL, 17-38Arkansas 
Navarro, Jaime SJSUOL376 yds.- Total offense L, 7-30USC
Navarro, Juan NCCU DL CoachOFF
Navarro, Donny Illinois WR3 rec., 24 yds.1 PR, 14 yds1 KR, 18 ydsL, 37-30UTSA
Olave, Chris Ohio StateWR4 rec.,117 yds.2 TD’sW, 45-31Minnesota
Ornelas, JesseCentral Oklahoma RBW, 24-20Missouri Western
Ortega- Jones, Julian Texas St. WR 3 rec., 23 yds. L, 20-29Baylor
Perales, David Fresno StateDLTackles-4, solo.5, TFLL, 24-31Oregon
Ponce, Frank Appalachian State Offensive Coordinator W, 33-19East Carolina 
Regalado, MarcoWashington StateDirector of On-Campus RecruitingL, 23-26Utah State 
Reveles, MiguelLa VerneOffensive CoordinatorW., 42-0 Whittier College
Rivas- Sandoval, CesarSoutheastern University Head CoachL, 14-31Faulkner University 
Rodriguez, Juan Fresno State TENo statsL, 24-31Oregon
Rodriguez, OscarAkronAssoci. HC/ ILBL, 10-60Auburn
Rodriguez, Robert Arizona St.DL coachW, 41-14Southern Utah
Santa Cruz, Victor Hawaii Defensive Ends coachW, 49-35Portland State
Santana, JuanCarlos Tulsa WR1 rec., 21 yds.L, 17-19UC Davis 
Soto, AnthonyLenoir-Rhyne Offensive Coordinator/ /OLW, 48-7 Virginia State
Steele, Chris USCCBTackles- 3, soloW, 30-7San José State
Velazquez, AlonzoWyoming OL347 yds.- Total offenseW, 19-16Montana State

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