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Chris Olave, Ohio State

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. 

Aguilar, LuisNAUKFG- 1/1PAT- 5/5W, 38-31 Idaho
Alcoser, Joe Houston DFOSMU
Alonso, MandyVirginia DL1 tackle L, 66-49 BYU
Araiza, Matt San Diego St.P/KFG- 0/1PAT- 2/2L, 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, ElijahMiami (FL)TE1 rec., 20 yds. W, 38-34 Pittsburgh
Arroyo, MarcusUNLVHead Coach L, 51-20 Nevada
Avalos, AndyBoise StateHead CoachW, 28-19 Colorado State
Aybar, WilfredoStanfordLBL, 20-13 Washington
Banda, Ephraim Utah StateDef. Coord/SafetiesW, 51-31 Hawaii
Barr-Mira, NicholasUCLAKFG-1/2PAT- 3/3L, 44-24 Utah
Borregales, AndrésMiami (FL)KFG- 1/1PAT- 5/5W, 38-34 Pittsburgh
Calzada, ZachTexas A&MQBBYE
Camarena, Evan Portland StateCB2 tackles W, 42-21 Cal Poly
Canales, Mike “Chico”Maryland Analyst W, 38-35 Indiana 
Cardenas, OscarUTSATEBYE
Cavazos, LejondOhio State CBNO STATSW, 33-24 Penn State
Chavez, Isaiah New Mexico QBBYE
Coley, JamesTexas A&MTE CoachBYE
Corral, MattOle Miss QB21-37, 289 yds., 1 INT
10 rushes, 45 yds, 1 TD
L, 31-20 Auburn
Corrales, Beau North CarolinaWRNO STATSL, 44-34 Notre Dame
Cristobal, Mario Oregon Head CoachW, 52-29 Colorado
Cropper, Jalen Fresno St. WR1 rush, 6 yds. 6 rec.,84 yds. W, 30-20 San Diego St. 
Cruz, Gunner Arizona  QBNO STATSL, 41-34 USC
Davila, PeterAlbany DB Coach L, 38-24 Towson St. 
Diaz, MannyMiami (FL)Head Coach W, 38-34 Pittsburgh
Echevarria, Jesus Washington St. DLL, 34-21 Arizona State
Escobar, Alex NM StateRBBYE
Escobar, Ivan NM StateDLBYE
Fernandez, Aaron Southern UtahRGC/OLL, 20-19 Montana 
Figueroa, Nick USCDLNO STATSW, 41-34 Arizona 
Flores, JoahNew Mexico WRBYE
Flores, Justin Maine WR coach W, 45-24 Rhode Island 
Fuente, Justin Virginia Tech Head Coach W, 26-17 Georgia Tech
Flores, ReynaldoUTEPRB2 rushes, 4 yds. L, 28-25 FAU
Garcia, Albert Fresno St. DPPW, 30-20 San Diego State
Garcia, Cole Rice DLNO STATSW, 30-24 North Texas
Garcia, Elijah Rice DL9 tacklesW, 30-24 North Texas
Garcia, Jake Miami (FL)QBNO STATSW, 38-34 Pittsburgh
Garcia, JulioUNLVOLTotal Offense-293 yds.L, 51-20 Nevada
Garcia, Xavier Temple Def. GAL, 49-7 UCF
Garcia- Castaneda, Isaiah NM StateWRBYE
Gonzalez, Billy FloridaWR/ Passing Game Coord. Georgia 
Gonzales, Christian ColoradoCB3 tackles L, 52-29 Oregon
Gonzales, Danny New Mexico Head CoachBYE
Gonzales, PaulTCUSafeties Coach W, 31-12 Kansas State
Gutierrez, Daniel UNLVKPAT- 2/2L, 51-20 Nevada
Hernandez, DanEastern Illinois OL CoachL, 38-15 SEMO
Hernandez, Zach Cal Poly DBNO STATSL, 42-21 Portland State
Infante, Gabe TempleRB CoachL, 49-7 UCF
Jackson, Jim Rice TE Coach L, 30-24 North Texas
Longoria, EsaiMontana TechOLTotal Offense- 446 yds. W, 21-17 Rocky Mountain College
Loya, Logan UCLAWRNO STATSL, 44-24 Utah
Lozano, AlexPortland StateLBNO STATSW, 42-21 Cal Poly 
Madrigal, Anthony San Jose St.LBNO STATSW, 27-21 Wyoming 
Magana, Jorge Montana TechLBRocky Mountain College
Maldonado, DinoNM StateQBBYE
Maldonado, Gunner Arizona Safety2 tackles, 1 pass defended L, 41-34 USC
Martinez, Adrian Nebraska QB14-29, 269 yds., 2 TD, 4 INT
10 rushes, 18 yds., 1 TD
W, 28-23 Purdue 
Martinez, Cameron Ohio State SAFNO STATSW 33-24 Penn State
Martinez, RJNAUQB18-29, 238 yds., 3 TD
5 rushes, 27 yds., 1 TD
W, 38-31 Idaho
Martinez, MarcTarleton St. LB coachSam Houston
Martinez, Willie TennesseeCB coach BYE
Mateos, Eric Baylor OLW, 34-21 Texas 
Matthews, JesseSan Diego State WR2 rec. 39 yds. L, 30-20 Fresno State
Mejia, Christian Washington St. DL1 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, AlexOregon OL Coach W, 52-29 Colorado
Montano, Abraham Fresno StateKNO STATSW, 30-20 San Diego State
Montero, AntonioRiceLB7 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 QBHL, 30-24 North Texas
Morales, Kamari North Carolina TE1 rec.,8 yds. L, 44-34 Notre Dame 
Navarro, Jaime San Jose St. OLTotal Offense-388 yds. W, 27-21 Wyoming 
Navarro, Juan NCCU DL CoachL, 27-24 South Carolina State
Navarro, Donny Illinois WR2 rec., 16 yds. L, 20-14 Rutgers
Nunez, JayEastern MichiganSp. TeamsAssoc. HCBYE
Olave, Chris Ohio StateWR3 rec., 44 yds, 1 TDW, 33-24 Penn State
Ornelas, JesseCentral Oklahoma RB CoachL, 26-20 Pittsburg State
Ortega, Josh UTEPDENO STATSL, 28-25 FAU
Ortega- Jones, Julian Texas St. WR NO STATSL, 45-0 Louisiana 
Ortiz, AngelOttawa Univ. (AZ)WR CoachBYE
Pacheco, IsaihRutgersRB21 rushes, 91 yds. W, 21-14 Illinois
Padilla, DavidCharleston Southern Ass’t AD for FootballW, 27-14 Campbell
Pagan, Justice Portland StateLBNO STATSW, 42-21 Cal Poly
Perales, David Fresno StateDL7 tackles, 1 TFLW, 30-20 San Diego St. 
Ponce, Frank Appalachian State Offensive Coordinator W, 59-28 ULM
Ramirez, JoséEastern MichiganDEBYE
Ramirez, Manny Texas SouthernOL Coach W, 59-17 UAPB
Regalado, MarcoWashington StateDirector of On-Campus RecruitingW, 34-21 Arizona State
Restrepo, XavierMiami (FL)WR7 rec.,89 yds. W, 38-34 Pittsburgh
Reveles, MiguelLa VerneOffensive CoordinatorL, 34-10 Claremont M-S
Rivas, Eddie Texas StateOLTotal Offense- 205 yds. L, 45-0 Louisiana-Lafayette
Rivas- Sandoval, CesarSoutheastern University Head CoachW, 24-21 St. Thomas University 
Rodriguez, Anthony Portland StateTENO STATSW, 42-21 Cal Poly
Rodriguez, Chris Kentucky RB8 rushes, 34 yds. 9 rec., 79 yds. L, 31-17 Mississippi State
Rodriguez, DrewTowson St. QB coachW, 38-24 Albany 
Rodriguez, JacobVirginia RBNO STATSL, 66-49 BYU
Rodriguez, JoelFIUOL coach L, 38-0Marshall
Rodriguez, Juan Fresno State TE1 rec., 6 yds. W, 30-20 San Diego State
Rodriguez, Justin UTSARBBYE
Rodriguez, MalcolmOklahoma St.LB5 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 2 QB HurriesW, 55-3 Kansas
Rodriguez, OscarAkronAssoc. HC/ ILBBYE
Rodriguez, Robert Arizona St.DL coachL, 34-21 Washington State
Rojas, Manny Delaware Def. CoordinatorW, 17-10 Dixie State
Rubio, Cruz Cal Poly LSL, 42-21 Portland State
Salazar, Martin Portland StateDLNO STATSW, 42-21 Cal Poly
Sanchez, AngelMontana TechCB3 tackles, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Fumble RecoveryW, 21-17 Rocky Mountain College
Santa Cruz, Victor Hawaii Defensive Ends coachL, 51-31 Utah State
Santana, Bryce New MexicoDEBYE
Santana, JuanCarlos Tulsa WR7 rec.,109 yds. L, 20-17 Navy
Segura, Justin NM StateDLBYE
Silva, Cesar Fresno StateKFG- 3/4PAT- 3/3W, 30-20 San Diego State
Small, SethTexas A&M KBYE
Sori-Marin, MarianoMinnesota LB11 tackles, 1 forced fumble W, 41-14 Northwestern
Soto, AnthonyLenoir-Rhyne Offensive Coordinator/ /OLW, 31-6 Wingate 
Steele, Chris USCCB5 tackles W, 41-34 Arizona 
Stone, Jr., Ron Washington StateLB6 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 fumble recoveryW, 34-21 Arizona State
Umana, Orlando Ole MissOLTotal Offense- 464 yds. L, 31-20 Auburn
Velazquez, AlonzoWyoming OLTotal Offense- 400 yds. W, 27-21 San Jose State
Ybarra, AustinMontana TechLBNO STATSRocky Mountain College 
Please let us know of other Latinos you might know of on college football rosters. 

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