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San Diego State’s Jesse Matthews, Matt Araiza have Aztecs rolling

Matt Araiza is one of the best specialists in America in 2021

This has been the year of the Latino passer in college football. With Ole Miss’ Heisman Trophy candidate Matt Corral and Texas A&M’s Zach Calzada excelling, Latino quarterbacks have shone this season on the biggest stage.

There has also been the emergence of other young gunslingers such as NAU’s RJ Martinez and recently Iowa quarterback Alex Padilla. This week, however, was the week for Latino pass catchers to shine. 

They didn’t just find the end zone. They made those clutch catches when their teams needed them the most. 

Latino Offensive Player of the Week, San Diego State’s Jesse Matthews

San Diego State wide receiver Jesse Matthews scored all of the Aztecs’ offensive touchdowns in a 28-20 road victory over UNLV. 

Matthews scored his first two touchdowns in the second quarter, including one with five seconds left in the period. The third touchdown was the game’s last score with 3:33 remaining to give the Aztecs’ the 28-20 victory. 

The Aztecs snapped UNLV head coach Marcus Arroyo’s two-game winning streak. 

University of Texas-San Antonio tight end Oscar Cardenas preserved UTSA’s perfect 2021 record. His touchdown catch off a tipped pass on the game’s final play gave the Roadrunners a 34-31 victory over UAB. 

Cardenas hauled in another pass and finished with 29 yards receiving in UTSA’s winning effort. 

Defensive Player of the Week, Eastern Michigan’s Jose Ramirez 

The defensive player of the week is again Eastern Michigan José Ramirez.  The junior defensive lineman had 10 tackles and a sack in the Eagles’ 22-21 victory over Western Michigan in early week #MACTION.  

Special Teams Player of the Week, San Diego State’s Matt Araiza

SDSU senior kicker/punter Matt Araiza was perfect on PATs. He also punted six times for a 47.5 average, landing five inside the opponents’ 20.  

With a win on Black Friday morning over the Boise State Broncos, SDSU can clinch the West division of the Mountain West Conference. The Aztecs are 5-0 in one-score games in 2021. 

This is in large part due to Araiza’s clutch kicking and punts that pin opponents back and give the Aztecs favorable field position. 

Please let us know of other Latinos that you might know of on college football rosters. 

Featured photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images

Aguilar, Luis NAU K FG- 1/2PAT- 6/6 W, 45-21 Cal Poly 
Alcoser, Joe  Houston  DFO W, 31-13  Memphis 
Alonso, Mandy Virginia  DL 2 QB Hurries W,48-38 Pittsburgh
Araiza, Matt  San Diego St. P/K FG-0/PAT- 4/4. Punting average- 47.5 5 of 6 punts inside the 20  W, 28-20 UNLV
Aranda, Dave  Baylor  Head Coach  W, 20-10 Kansas State 
Arias, Daniel  Colorado  WR  3 rec., 22 yds. W, 20-17 Washington
Arroyo, Elijah Miami (FL) TE 1 rec., 19 yds. Virginia Tech
Arroyo, Marcus UNLV Head Coach  L, 28-20 San Diego St.
Avalos, Andy Boise State Head Coach W, 37-0 New Mexico 
Aybar, Wilfredo Stanford LB NO STATS L, 41-11 California 
Banda, Ephraim  Utah State Def. Coord/Safeties L, 44-17 Wyoming 
Barr-Mira, Nicholas UCLA K FG- 0/1PAT- 8/8 W, 62-33 USC
Borregales, Andrés Miami (FL) K FG- 1/1PAT- 5/5 W, 38-26 Virginia Tech
Calzada, Zach Texas A&M QB 10-14, 150 yds., 2 TD W, 52-3 PV A&M
Camarena, Evan  Portland State CB 2 tackles L, 42-28Eastern Washington
Canales, Mike “Chico” Maryland  Analyst  L, 59-18 Michigan
Cardenas, Oscar UTSA TE 2 rec., 29  yds., 1 TD W, 34-31 UAB
Cavazos, Lejond Ohio State  CB 1 tackle, I pas defended  W, 56-7 Michigan State
Chavez, Isaiah  New Mexico  QB 1-2, 2 yds. 4 rushes, 8 yds.  L, 37-0 Boise State
Coley, James Texas A&M TE Coach W, 52-3 PV A&M
Corral, Matt Ole Miss  QB 27-36, 326 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT7 rushes, 29 yds W, 31-17 Vanderbilt 
Corrales, Beau  North Carolina WR NO STATS W, 34-14 Wofford
Cristobal, Mario  Oregon  Head Coach L, 38-7 Utah
Cropper, Jalen  Fresno St.  WR BYE
Cruz, Gunner  Arizona   QB NO STATS L, 44-18Washington St. 
Davila, Peter Albany  DB Coach  L, 36-14 Stony Brook
Diaz, Manny Miami (FL) Head Coach  W, 38-26 Virginia Tech
Echevarria, Jesus  Washington St.  DL NO STATS W, 44-18 Arizona 
Escobar, Alex  NM State RB 2 rushes, 3 yds. 3 rec., 24 ydss. L, 56-16 Kentucky 
Escobar, Ivan  NM State DL 1 tackle L, 56-16 Kentucky
Figueroa, Nick  USC DL 3 tackles, 1 TFL W, 62-33 UCLA
Flores, Joah New Mexico  WR NO STATS L, 37-0 Boise State 
Flores, Justin  Maine  WR coach  W, 33-20 New Hampshire
Flores, Reynaldo UTEP RB 2 rushes, 0 yds.  W, 38-28 Rice
Garcia, Albert  Fresno St.  DPP BYE
Garcia, Cole  Rice  OL NO STATS L, 38-28 UTEP
Garcia, Elijah  Rice  DL 5 tackles0.5 sacks0.5 TFL1 QB Hurry 1 Pass Defended  L, 38-28 UTEP
Garcia, Jake  Miami (FL) QB NO STATS W, 38-26 Virginia Tech
Garcia, Julio UNLV OL Total offense- 394 yds.  L, 28-20 San Diego St.
Garcia, Xavier  Temple  Def. GA L, 44-10 Tulsa
Garcia- Castaneda, Isaiah  NM State WR 2 rec., 33 yds. 1 rush., 6 yds.  L, 56-16 Kentucky
Gonzalez, Billy  Florida WR/ Passing Game Coord.  L, 24-23 Missouri
Gonzales, Christian  Colorado CB 4 tackles  W, 20-17 Washington
Gonzales, Danny  New Mexico  Head Coach L, 37-0 Boise State
Gonzales, Paul TCU Safeties Coach  W, 31-28 Kansas 
Gutierrez, Daniel  UNLV K FG- 2/2PAT- 2/2 L, 28-20 San Diego St.
Hernandez, Dan Eastern Illinois  OL Coach L, 20-13 Murray St. 
Hernandez, Zach  Cal Poly  DB NO STATS L, 45-21 NAU
Infante, Gabe  Temple RB Coach L, 44-10 Tulsa
Jackson, Jim  Rice  TE Coach  L, 38-28 UTEP
Loya, Logan  UCLA WR NO STATS W, 62-33 USC
Lozano, Alex Portland State LB NO STATS L, 42-28Eastern Washington 
Madrigal, Anthony  San Jose St. LB NO STATS BYE
Maldonado, Dino NM State QB NO STATS Kentucky 
Maldonado, Gunner  Arizona  Safety NO STATS L, 44-18Washington State
Martinez, Adrian  Nebraska  QB 23/35, 351 yds., 1 TD, 2 INT 9 rushes, 23 yds. , 1 TD L, 35-28 Wisconsin 
Martinez, Cameron  Ohio State  SAF 4 tackles  W, 56-7 Michigan State
Martinez, RJ NAU QB 11-22, 167 YDS, 1 TD W,45-21 Cal Poly 
Martinez, Marc Tarleton St.  LB coach W, 24-3 Central Arkansas 
Martinez, Willie  Tennessee CB coach  W, 60-14, South Alabama
Mateos, Eric  Baylor  OL W, 20-10 Kansas State 
Matthews, Jesse San Diego State  WR 9 rec., 75 yds., 3 TD W, 28-20 UNLV
Mejia, Christian  Washington St.  DL 2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL W, 44-18Arizona 
Mirabal, Alex Oregon  OL Coach  L, 38-7 Utah
Montano, Abraham  Fresno State K NO STATS BYE
Montero, Antonio Rice LB NO STATS L, 38-28 UTEP
Morales, Kamari  North Carolina  TE 1 rec., 4 yds. W, 34-14 Wofford
Navarro, Jaime  San Jose St.  OL NO STATS BYE
Navarro, Juan  NCCU  DL Coach W, 34-28 Delaware State
Navarro, Donny  Illinois  WR 2 rec.,34 yds.  W, 33-23 Iowa
Nunez, Jay Eastern Michigan Sp. TeamsAssoc. HC W, 22-21 WMU
Olave, Chris  Ohio State WR 7 rec., 140 yds., 2 TD W, 56-7 Michigan State
Ortega, Josh  UTEP DE NO STATS L, 38-28 Rice
Ortega- Jones, Julian  Texas St.  WR  1 rec., 5 yds.  L, 35-21 Coastal Carolina
Ortiz, Angel Ottawa Univ. (AZ) WR Coach L, 38-63 Morningside 
Pacheco, Isaih Rutgers RB 6 rushes, 7 yds.  L, 28-0 Penn State
Padilla, Alex  Iowa QB 6-14, 67 yds., 83 yds, 1 INT W, 26-23 Illinois
Padilla, David Charleston Southern  Ass’t AD for Football L, 56-7 Georgia 
Pagan, Justice  Portland State LB 6 tackles  L, 42-28 Eastern Washington 
Perales, David  Fresno State DL BYE
Ponce, Frank  Appalachian State  Offensive Coordinator  W, 45-7 Troy 
Ramirez, José Eastern Michigan DE 10 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL W, 22-21 WMU
Ramirez, Manny  Texas Southern OL Coach  L, 24-21 Alabama State
Regalado, Marco Washington State Director of On-Campus Recruiting W, 44-18Arizona 
Restrepo, Xavier Miami (FL) WR 2 returns, 74 yds.  W, 38-26 Virginia Tech
Rivas, Eddie  Texas State OL Total Offense- 301 yds.  L, 35-21 Coastal Carolina
Rodriguez, Anthony  Portland State TE NO STATS L, 42-28 Eastern Washington
Rodriguez, Chris  Kentucky  RB 16 rushes, 119 yds., 1 TD W, 56-19 New Mexico St. 
Rodriguez, Drew Towson St.  QB coach L, 56-10 James Madison
Rodriguez, Jacob Virginia  RB NO STATS L, 48-38 Pittsburgh
Rodriguez, Joel FIU OL coach  L, 49-7 North Texas 
Rodriguez, Juan  Fresno State  TE NO STATS BYE
Rodriguez, Justin  UTSA RB NO STATS W, 34-31 UAB
Rodriguez, Malcolm Oklahoma St. LB 3 tackles, 1 TFL W, 23-0 Texas Tech
Rodriguez, Oscar Akron Assoc. HC/ ILB L, 38-0 Kent St. 
Rodriguez, Robert  Arizona St. DL coach Oregon State
Rojas, Manny  Delaware  Def. Coordinator L, 21-13Villanova 
Rubio, Cruz  Cal Poly  LS NO STATS L, 45-21 NAU
Salazar, Martin  Portland State DL NO STATS L, 42-28 Eastern Washington
Santa Cruz, Victor  Hawaii  Defensive Ends coach W, 50-45 Colorado State
Santana, Bryce  New Mexico DE NO STATS L, 37-0 Boise State
Santana, JuanCarlos  Tulsa  WR 5 rec., 59 yds., 1 TD W, 44-10 Temple 
Segura, Justin  NM State DL NO STATS W, 56-16 Kentucky 
Silva, Cesar  Fresno State K NO STATS BYE
Small, Seth Texas A&M  K FG- 1/1PAT -6/6  W, 52-3 PV A&M
Sori-Marin, Mariano Minnesota  LB 4 tackles , 0.5 sacks  W, 35-14 Indiana
Soto, Anthony Lenoir-Rhyne  Offensive Coordinator/ /OL L, 31-10 Bowie State
Steele, Chris  USC CB 5 tackles, 1 TFL L, 62-33 UCLA
Stone, Jr., Ron  Washington State LB 5 tackles  W, 44-18Arizona 
Umana, Orlando  Ole Miss OL Total offense- 470 yds.  W, 31-17 Vanderbilt 
Velazquez, Alonzo Wyoming  OL Total offense- 604 yds.  W, 44-17 Utah State

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