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Ohio State’s Chris Olave shines again

Ohio State’s Chris Olave and Minnesota’s Mariano Sori-Marin had key contributions this weekend

Two of the most impressive Latinos in College Football — Chris Olave and Mariano Sori-Marin — excelled in the Big Ten conference this weekend. On the coaching side, Baylor’s Dave Aranda continues to open eyes. This time Aranda’s Bears beat the University of Texas with an impressive second-half comeback. 

At Our Esquina, where we amplify Latino voices in sports, arts and culture, we’re tracking all the Latinos participating in college football. This is our weekly list of Latinos in college football. This is a look to see how they and their teams fared. 

Latino Players of the Week

Offensive Player of the Week

Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave is one of the best pass catchers in the country. He proved it again on Saturday in the Buckeyes’ 33-24 win over visiting Penn State.

Ohio State was held without a touchdown for nearly the entire first half until fellow Californian, quarterback C.J. Stroud connected with Olave for a 38- yard touchdown to give the Buckeyes a 10-7 lead with 3:48 remaining in the first half. 

Chris Olave finished with 3 catches for 44 yards and a touchdown. 

It isn’t just gaudy stats that earns a Player of the Week recognition. It also can be a timely contribution to a team that needed a spark.

Defensive Player of the Week

Minnesota linebacker Mariano Sori-Marin had a stellar performance for the University of Minnesota. Up 3-0 midway through the first quarter, Sori-Marin tackled Northwestern wide receiver Malik Washington after a five-yard gain on the Wildcats’ 25 -yard line.

The tackle forced the football out of Washington’s grasp and ended up in the hands of cornerback Justin Walley, who quickly scampered to the end zone for a touchdown to give the visiting Gophers a 10-0 lead. 

The visiting and Big Ten West leading Gophers blew out the Wildcats 41-14. Sori-Marin finished with 11 tackles.

It was the Gophers first defensive touchdown of the season and Sori-Marin’s first career forced fumble. 

Special Teams Player of the Week

Andrés Borregales made his only field goal attempt and five PAT’s in Miami’s 38-34 upset road win over the 17th ranked Pittsburgh Panthers. 

Highlighting the Coaches

Baylor is now 7-1, bowl eligible and riding a three-game winning streak after the Bears and head coach Dave Aranda’s 31-24 win over the slumping Texas Longhorns.  This is one of the biggest turnarounds in college football as in 2020,

The Baylor Bears were 2-7 in Aranda’s first season, but they are rolling in his second. 

NAME TEAM POSITION STATS TM RESULT
Aguilar, Luis NAU K FG- 1/1PAT- 5/5 W, 38-31 Idaho
Alcoser, Joe  Houston  DFO SMU
Alonso, Mandy Virginia  DL 1 tackle  L, 66-49 BYU
Araiza, Matt  San Diego St. P/K FG- 0/1PAT- 2/2 L, 30-20 Fresno St. 
Aranda, Dave  Baylor  Head Coach  W, 34-21 Texas
Arias, Daniel  Colorado  WR  1 rec., 1 yd.  L, 52-29 Oregon
Arroyo, Elijah Miami (FL) TE 1 rec., 20 yds.  W, 38-34 Pittsburgh
Arroyo, Marcus UNLV Head Coach  L, 51-20 Nevada
Avalos, Andy Boise State Head Coach W, 28-19 Colorado State
Aybar, Wilfredo Stanford LB L, 20-13 Washington
Banda, Ephraim  Utah State Def. Coord/Safeties W, 51-31 Hawaii
Barr-Mira, Nicholas UCLA K FG-1/2PAT- 3/3 L, 44-24 Utah
Borregales, Andrés Miami (FL) K FG- 1/1PAT- 5/5 W, 38-34 Pittsburgh
Calzada, Zach Texas A&M QB BYE
Camarena, Evan  Portland State CB 2 tackles  W, 42-21 Cal Poly
Canales, Mike “Chico” Maryland  Analyst  W, 38-35 Indiana 
Cardenas, Oscar UTSA TE BYE
Cavazos, Lejond Ohio State  CB NO STATS W, 33-24 Penn State
Chavez, Isaiah  New Mexico  QB BYE
Coley, James Texas A&M TE Coach BYE
Corral, Matt Ole Miss  QB 21-37, 289 yds., 1 INT
10 rushes, 45 yds, 1 TD
L, 31-20 Auburn
Corrales, Beau  North Carolina WR NO STATS L, 44-34 Notre Dame
Cristobal, Mario  Oregon  Head Coach W, 52-29 Colorado
Cropper, Jalen  Fresno St.  WR 1 rush, 6 yds. 6 rec.,84 yds.  W, 30-20 San Diego St. 
Cruz, Gunner  Arizona   QB NO STATS L, 41-34 USC
Davila, Peter Albany  DB Coach  L, 38-24 Towson St. 
Diaz, Manny Miami (FL) Head Coach  W, 38-34 Pittsburgh
Echevarria, Jesus  Washington St.  DL L, 34-21 Arizona State
Escobar, Alex  NM State RB BYE
Escobar, Ivan  NM State DL BYE
Fernandez, Aaron  Southern Utah RGC/OL L, 20-19 Montana 
Figueroa, Nick  USC DL NO STATS W, 41-34 Arizona 
Flores, Joah New Mexico  WR BYE
Flores, Justin  Maine  WR coach  W, 45-24 Rhode Island 
Fuente, Justin  Virginia Tech  Head Coach  W, 26-17 Georgia Tech
Flores, Reynaldo UTEP RB 2 rushes, 4 yds.  L, 28-25 FAU
Garcia, Albert  Fresno St.  DPP W, 30-20 San Diego State
Garcia, Cole  Rice  DL NO STATS W, 30-24 North Texas
Garcia, Elijah  Rice  DL 9 tackles W, 30-24 North Texas
Garcia, Jake  Miami (FL) QB NO STATS W, 38-34 Pittsburgh
Garcia, Julio UNLV OL Total Offense-293 yds. L, 51-20 Nevada
Garcia, Xavier  Temple  Def. GA L, 49-7 UCF
Garcia- Castaneda, Isaiah  NM State WR BYE
Gonzalez, Billy  Florida WR/ Passing Game Coord.  Georgia 
Gonzales, Christian  Colorado CB 3 tackles  L, 52-29 Oregon
Gonzales, Danny  New Mexico  Head Coach BYE
Gonzales, Paul TCU Safeties Coach  W, 31-12 Kansas State
Gutierrez, Daniel  UNLV K PAT- 2/2 L, 51-20 Nevada
Hernandez, Dan Eastern Illinois  OL Coach L, 38-15 SEMO
Hernandez, Zach  Cal Poly  DB NO STATS L, 42-21 Portland State
Infante, Gabe  Temple RB Coach L, 49-7 UCF
Jackson, Jim  Rice  TE Coach  L, 30-24 North Texas
Longoria, Esai Montana Tech OL Total Offense- 446 yds.  W, 21-17 Rocky Mountain College
Loya, Logan  UCLA WR NO STATS L, 44-24 Utah
Lozano, Alex Portland State LB NO STATS W, 42-21 Cal Poly 
Madrigal, Anthony  San Jose St. LB NO STATS W, 27-21 Wyoming 
Magana, Jorge  Montana Tech LB Rocky Mountain College
Maldonado, Dino NM State QB BYE
Maldonado, Gunner  Arizona  Safety 2 tackles, 1 pass defended  L, 41-34 USC
Martinez, Adrian  Nebraska  QB 14-29, 269 yds., 2 TD, 4 INT
10 rushes, 18 yds., 1 TD
W, 28-23 Purdue 
Martinez, Cameron  Ohio State  SAF NO STATS W 33-24 Penn State
Martinez, RJ NAU QB 18-29, 238 yds., 3 TD
5 rushes, 27 yds., 1 TD
W, 38-31 Idaho
Martinez, Marc Tarleton St.  LB coach Sam Houston
Martinez, Willie  Tennessee CB coach  BYE
Mateos, Eric  Baylor  OL W, 34-21 Texas 
Matthews, Jesse San Diego State  WR 2 rec. 39 yds.  L, 30-20 Fresno State
Mejia, Christian  Washington St.  DL 1 tackle  W, 34-21 Arizona State
Melo, Lucas  Davenport University  Run Game Coordinator/Defensive Line
Mendez, Julian  Ottawa University  Offensive Coordinator  L, 35-21 Kansas Wesleyan
Mirabal, Alex Oregon  OL Coach  W, 52-29 Colorado
Montano, Abraham  Fresno State K NO STATS W, 30-20 San Diego State
Montero, Antonio Rice LB 7 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 QBH L, 30-24 North Texas
Morales, Kamari  North Carolina  TE 1 rec.,8 yds.  L, 44-34 Notre Dame 
Navarro, Jaime  San Jose St.  OL Total Offense-388 yds.  W, 27-21 Wyoming 
Navarro, Juan  NCCU  DL Coach L, 27-24 South Carolina State
Navarro, Donny  Illinois  WR 2 rec., 16 yds.  L, 20-14 Rutgers
Nunez, Jay Eastern Michigan Sp. TeamsAssoc. HC BYE
Olave, Chris  Ohio State WR 3 rec., 44 yds, 1 TD W, 33-24 Penn State
Ornelas, Jesse Central Oklahoma  RB Coach L, 26-20 Pittsburg State
Ortega, Josh  UTEP DE NO STATS L, 28-25 FAU
Ortega- Jones, Julian  Texas St.  WR  NO STATS L, 45-0 Louisiana 
Ortiz, Angel Ottawa Univ. (AZ) WR Coach BYE
Pacheco, Isaih Rutgers RB 21 rushes, 91 yds.  W, 21-14 Illinois
Padilla, David Charleston Southern  Ass’t AD for Football W, 27-14 Campbell
Pagan, Justice  Portland State LB NO STATS W, 42-21 Cal Poly
Perales, David  Fresno State DL 7 tackles, 1 TFL W, 30-20 San Diego St. 
Ponce, Frank  Appalachian State  Offensive Coordinator  W, 59-28 ULM
Ramirez, José Eastern Michigan DE BYE
Ramirez, Manny  Texas Southern OL Coach  W, 59-17 UAPB
Regalado, Marco Washington State Director of On-Campus Recruiting W, 34-21 Arizona State
Restrepo, Xavier Miami (FL) WR 7 rec.,89 yds.  W, 38-34 Pittsburgh
Reveles, Miguel La Verne Offensive Coordinator L, 34-10 Claremont M-S
Rivas, Eddie  Texas State OL Total Offense- 205 yds.  L, 45-0 Louisiana-Lafayette
Rivas- Sandoval, Cesar Southeastern University  Head Coach W, 24-21 St. Thomas University 
Rodriguez, Anthony  Portland State TE NO STATS W, 42-21 Cal Poly
Rodriguez, Chris  Kentucky  RB 8 rushes, 34 yds. 9 rec., 79 yds.  L, 31-17 Mississippi State
Rodriguez, Drew Towson St.  QB coach W, 38-24 Albany 
Rodriguez, Jacob Virginia  RB NO STATS L, 66-49 BYU
Rodriguez, Joel FIU OL coach  L, 38-0Marshall
Rodriguez, Juan  Fresno State  TE 1 rec., 6 yds.  W, 30-20 San Diego State
Rodriguez, Justin  UTSA RB BYE
Rodriguez, Malcolm Oklahoma St. LB 5 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 2 QB Hurries W, 55-3 Kansas
Rodriguez, Oscar Akron Assoc. HC/ ILB BYE
Rodriguez, Robert  Arizona St. DL coach L, 34-21 Washington State
Rojas, Manny  Delaware  Def. Coordinator W, 17-10 Dixie State
Rubio, Cruz  Cal Poly  LS L, 42-21 Portland State
Salazar, Martin  Portland State DL NO STATS W, 42-21 Cal Poly
Sanchez, Angel Montana Tech CB 3 tackles, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Fumble Recovery W, 21-17 Rocky Mountain College
Santa Cruz, Victor  Hawaii  Defensive Ends coach L, 51-31 Utah State
Santana, Bryce  New Mexico DE BYE
Santana, JuanCarlos  Tulsa  WR 7 rec.,109 yds.  L, 20-17 Navy
Segura, Justin  NM State DL BYE
Silva, Cesar  Fresno State K FG- 3/4PAT- 3/3 W, 30-20 San Diego State
Small, Seth Texas A&M  K BYE
Sori-Marin, Mariano Minnesota  LB 11 tackles, 1 forced fumble  W, 41-14 Northwestern
Soto, Anthony Lenoir-Rhyne  Offensive Coordinator/ /OL W, 31-6 Wingate 
Steele, Chris  USC CB 5 tackles  W, 41-34 Arizona 
Stone, Jr., Ron  Washington State LB 6 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 fumble recovery W, 34-21 Arizona State
Umana, Orlando  Ole Miss OL Total Offense- 464 yds.  L, 31-20 Auburn
Velazquez, Alonzo Wyoming  OL Total Offense- 400 yds.  W, 27-21 San Jose State
Ybarra, Austin Montana Tech LB NO STATS Rocky Mountain College 
Please let us know of other Latinos you might know of on college football rosters. 

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