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.
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 catches||W, 35-7 Northern Colorado|
|Avalos, Alex||Boise State||Head Coach||L, 31-36Central Florida|
|Banda, Ephraim||Utah State||Def. Coord/Safeties||W, 26-23Washington State|
|Canales, Mike “Chico”||Maryland||Analyst||W, 30-24West Virginia|
|Cardenas, Oscar||UTSA||TE||1 tackle||W, 37-30Illinois|
|Corral, Matt||Ole Miss||QB||22/32, 436 total YDS, 2 total TDs||Louisville|
|Corrales, Beau||North Carolina||WR||0 catches||L, 10- 17 Virginia Tech|
|Cristobal, Mario||Oregon||Head Coach||W, 31-24Fresno State|
|Cruz, Gunner||Arizona||QB||34-45, 336 yds1 TD, 1 IN||L, 24-16BYU|
|Diaz, Manny||Miami (FL)||Head Coach||L, 13-44Alabama|
|Escobar, Alex||New Mex. St.||RB||1 rec., 19 yds.||L, 10-28San Diego St.|
|Escobar, Ivan||New Mex. St.||DL||Tackles- 1 solo, 1 assisted,||L, 10-28San Diego St.|
|Figueroa, Nick||USC||DL||Tackles- 1 solo and TFL||W, 30-7San José State|
|Flores,Reynaldo||UTEP||RB||9 rushes, 37 yds.||W, 38-20Bethune-Cookman|
|Fuente, Justin||Virginia Tech||Head Coach||W, 17-10 North Carolina|
|Garcia, Elijah||Rice||DL||Tackles- 2 solo, 2 assisted,||L, 17-38Arkansas|
|Garcia, Julio||UNLV||OL||339 yds.- Total offense|
|Gonzales, Christian||Colorado||CB||Tackles- 2 solo, 1 assisted, .5 TFL||W, 35-7 Northern Colorado|
|Gonzales, Danny||New Mexico||Head Coach||W, 27-17Houston Baptist|
|Gonzales, Paul||TCU||Safeties Coach||W, 45-3 Duquesne|
|Gutierrez, Daniel||UNLV||K||4/4- FG1/1- PAT||L, 33-35Eastern Washington|
|Hernandez, Dan||Eastern Illinois||OL Coach||L, 0-46South Carolina|
|Jackson, Jim||Rice||TE Coach||L, 17-38Arkansas|
|Mateos, Eric||Baylor||OL||W, 29-20Texas State|
|Melo, Lucas||Davenport University||Run Game Coordinator/Defensive Line||L, 14-31 Truman State|
|Mendez, Julian||Ottawa University||Offensive Coordinator||L, 13-41Southwestern College|
|Mirabal, Alex||Oregon||OL Coach||W, 31-24Fresno State|
|Madrigal, Anthony||SJSU||LB||No stats||L, 7-30USC|
|Montano, Abraham||Fresno State||K||1 tackle,3/3 – FG1/1- PAT||L, 24-31Oregon|
|Montero, Antonio||Rice||LB||Tackles- 4 solo, 7 assisted, 1 TFL1 sack||L, 17-38Arkansas|
|Navarro, Jaime||SJSU||OL||376 yds.- Total offense||L, 7-30USC|
|Navarro, Juan||NCCU||DL Coach||OFF|
|Navarro, Donny||Illinois||WR||3 rec., 24 yds.1 PR, 14 yds1 KR, 18 yds||L, 37-30UTSA|
|Olave, Chris||Ohio State||WR||4 rec.,117 yds.2 TD’s||W, 45-31Minnesota|
|Ornelas, Jesse||Central Oklahoma||RB||W, 24-20Missouri Western|
|Ortega- Jones, Julian||Texas St.||WR||3 rec., 23 yds.||L, 20-29Baylor|
|Perales, David||Fresno State||DL||Tackles-4, solo.5, TFL||L, 24-31Oregon|
|Ponce, Frank||Appalachian State||Offensive Coordinator||W, 33-19East Carolina|
|Regalado, Marco||Washington State||Director of On-Campus Recruiting||L, 23-26Utah State|
|Reveles, Miguel||La Verne||Offensive Coordinator||W., 42-0 Whittier College|
|Rivas- Sandoval, Cesar||Southeastern University||Head Coach||L, 14-31Faulkner University|
|Rodriguez, Juan||Fresno State||TE||No stats||L, 24-31Oregon|
|Rodriguez, Oscar||Akron||Associ. HC/ ILB||L, 10-60Auburn|
|Rodriguez, Robert||Arizona St.||DL coach||W, 41-14Southern Utah|
|Santa Cruz, Victor||Hawaii||Defensive Ends coach||W, 49-35Portland State|
|Santana, JuanCarlos||Tulsa||WR||1 rec., 21 yds.||L, 17-19UC Davis|
|Soto, Anthony||Lenoir-Rhyne||Offensive Coordinator/ /OL||W, 48-7 Virginia State|
|Steele, Chris||USC||CB||Tackles- 3, solo||W, 30-7San José State|
|Velazquez, Alonzo||Wyoming||OL||347 yds.- Total offense||W, 19-16Montana State|
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