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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, LuisNAUKFG- 1/2PAT- 6/6W, 45-21 Cal Poly 
Alcoser, Joe Houston DFOW, 31-13  Memphis 
Alonso, MandyVirginia DL2 QB HurriesW,48-38 Pittsburgh
Araiza, Matt San Diego St.P/KFG-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, ElijahMiami (FL)TE1 rec., 19 yds.Virginia Tech
Arroyo, MarcusUNLVHead Coach L, 28-20 San Diego St.
Avalos, AndyBoise StateHead CoachW, 37-0 New Mexico 
Aybar, WilfredoStanfordLBNO STATSL, 41-11 California 
Banda, Ephraim Utah StateDef. Coord/SafetiesL, 44-17 Wyoming 
Barr-Mira, NicholasUCLAKFG- 0/1PAT- 8/8W, 62-33 USC
Borregales, AndrésMiami (FL)KFG- 1/1PAT- 5/5W, 38-26 Virginia Tech
Calzada, ZachTexas A&MQB10-14, 150 yds., 2 TDW, 52-3 PV A&M
Camarena, Evan Portland StateCB2 tacklesL, 42-28Eastern Washington
Canales, Mike “Chico”Maryland Analyst L, 59-18 Michigan
Cardenas, OscarUTSATE2 rec., 29  yds., 1 TDW, 34-31 UAB
Cavazos, LejondOhio State CB1 tackle, I pas defended W, 56-7 Michigan State
Chavez, Isaiah New Mexico QB1-2, 2 yds. 4 rushes, 8 yds. L, 37-0 Boise State
Coley, JamesTexas A&MTE CoachW, 52-3 PV A&M
Corral, MattOle Miss QB27-36, 326 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT7 rushes, 29 ydsW, 31-17 Vanderbilt 
Corrales, Beau North CarolinaWRNO STATSW, 34-14 Wofford
Cristobal, Mario Oregon Head CoachL, 38-7 Utah
Cropper, Jalen Fresno St. WRBYE
Cruz, Gunner Arizona  QBNO STATSL, 44-18Washington St. 
Davila, PeterAlbany DB Coach L, 36-14 Stony Brook
Diaz, MannyMiami (FL)Head Coach W, 38-26 Virginia Tech
Echevarria, Jesus Washington St. DLNO STATSW, 44-18 Arizona 
Escobar, Alex NM StateRB2 rushes, 3 yds. 3 rec., 24 ydss.L, 56-16 Kentucky 
Escobar, Ivan NM StateDL1 tackleL, 56-16 Kentucky
Figueroa, Nick USCDL3 tackles, 1 TFLW, 62-33 UCLA
Flores, JoahNew Mexico WRNO STATSL, 37-0 Boise State 
Flores, Justin Maine WR coach W, 33-20 New Hampshire
Flores, ReynaldoUTEPRB2 rushes, 0 yds. W, 38-28 Rice
Garcia, Albert Fresno St. DPPBYE
Garcia, Cole Rice OLNO STATSL, 38-28 UTEP
Garcia, Elijah Rice DL5 tackles0.5 sacks0.5 TFL1 QB Hurry 1 Pass Defended L, 38-28 UTEP
Garcia, Jake Miami (FL)QBNO STATSW, 38-26 Virginia Tech
Garcia, JulioUNLVOLTotal offense- 394 yds. L, 28-20 San Diego St.
Garcia, Xavier Temple Def. GAL, 44-10 Tulsa
Garcia- Castaneda, Isaiah NM StateWR2 rec., 33 yds. 1 rush., 6 yds. L, 56-16 Kentucky
Gonzalez, Billy FloridaWR/ Passing Game Coord. L, 24-23 Missouri
Gonzales, Christian ColoradoCB4 tackles W, 20-17 Washington
Gonzales, Danny New Mexico Head CoachL, 37-0 Boise State
Gonzales, PaulTCUSafeties Coach W, 31-28 Kansas 
Gutierrez, Daniel UNLVKFG- 2/2PAT- 2/2L, 28-20 San Diego St.
Hernandez, DanEastern Illinois OL CoachL, 20-13 Murray St. 
Hernandez, Zach Cal Poly DBNO STATSL, 45-21 NAU
Infante, Gabe TempleRB CoachL, 44-10 Tulsa
Jackson, Jim Rice TE Coach L, 38-28 UTEP
Loya, Logan UCLAWRNO STATSW, 62-33 USC
Lozano, AlexPortland StateLBNO STATSL, 42-28Eastern Washington 
Madrigal, Anthony San Jose St.LBNO STATSBYE
Maldonado, DinoNM StateQBNO STATSKentucky 
Maldonado, Gunner Arizona SafetyNO STATSL, 44-18Washington State
Martinez, Adrian Nebraska QB23/35, 351 yds., 1 TD, 2 INT 9 rushes, 23 yds. , 1 TDL, 35-28 Wisconsin 
Martinez, Cameron Ohio State SAF4 tackles W, 56-7 Michigan State
Martinez, RJNAUQB11-22, 167 YDS, 1 TDW,45-21 Cal Poly 
Martinez, MarcTarleton St. LB coachW, 24-3 Central Arkansas 
Martinez, Willie TennesseeCB coach W, 60-14, South Alabama
Mateos, Eric Baylor OLW, 20-10 Kansas State 
Matthews, JesseSan Diego State WR9 rec., 75 yds., 3 TDW, 28-20 UNLV
Mejia, Christian Washington St. DL2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFLW, 44-18Arizona 
Mirabal, AlexOregon OL Coach L, 38-7 Utah
Montano, Abraham Fresno StateKNO STATSBYE
Montero, AntonioRiceLBNO STATSL, 38-28 UTEP
Morales, Kamari North Carolina TE1 rec., 4 yds.W, 34-14 Wofford
Navarro, Jaime San Jose St. OLNO STATSBYE
Navarro, Juan NCCU DL CoachW, 34-28 Delaware State
Navarro, Donny Illinois WR2 rec.,34 yds. W, 33-23 Iowa
Nunez, JayEastern MichiganSp. TeamsAssoc. HCW, 22-21 WMU
Olave, Chris Ohio StateWR7 rec., 140 yds., 2 TDW, 56-7 Michigan State
Ortega, Josh UTEPDENO STATSL, 38-28 Rice
Ortega- Jones, Julian Texas St. WR 1 rec., 5 yds. L, 35-21 Coastal Carolina
Ortiz, AngelOttawa Univ. (AZ)WR CoachL, 38-63 Morningside 
Pacheco, IsaihRutgersRB6 rushes, 7 yds. L, 28-0 Penn State
Padilla, Alex IowaQB6-14, 67 yds., 83 yds, 1 INTW, 26-23 Illinois
Padilla, DavidCharleston Southern Ass’t AD for FootballL, 56-7 Georgia 
Pagan, Justice Portland StateLB6 tackles L, 42-28 Eastern Washington 
Perales, David Fresno StateDLBYE
Ponce, Frank Appalachian State Offensive Coordinator W, 45-7 Troy 
Ramirez, JoséEastern MichiganDE10 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFLW, 22-21 WMU
Ramirez, Manny Texas SouthernOL Coach L, 24-21 Alabama State
Regalado, MarcoWashington StateDirector of On-Campus RecruitingW, 44-18Arizona 
Restrepo, XavierMiami (FL)WR2 returns, 74 yds. W, 38-26 Virginia Tech
Rivas, Eddie Texas StateOLTotal Offense- 301 yds. L, 35-21 Coastal Carolina
Rodriguez, Anthony Portland StateTENO STATSL, 42-28 Eastern Washington
Rodriguez, Chris Kentucky RB16 rushes, 119 yds., 1 TDW, 56-19 New Mexico St. 
Rodriguez, DrewTowson St. QB coachL, 56-10 James Madison
Rodriguez, JacobVirginia RBNO STATSL, 48-38 Pittsburgh
Rodriguez, JoelFIUOL coach L, 49-7 North Texas 
Rodriguez, Juan Fresno State TENO STATSBYE
Rodriguez, Justin UTSARBNO STATSW, 34-31 UAB
Rodriguez, MalcolmOklahoma St.LB3 tackles, 1 TFLW, 23-0 Texas Tech
Rodriguez, OscarAkronAssoc. HC/ ILBL, 38-0 Kent St. 
Rodriguez, Robert Arizona St.DL coachOregon State
Rojas, Manny Delaware Def. CoordinatorL, 21-13Villanova 
Rubio, Cruz Cal Poly LSNO STATSL, 45-21 NAU
Salazar, Martin Portland StateDLNO STATSL, 42-28 Eastern Washington
Santa Cruz, Victor Hawaii Defensive Ends coachW, 50-45 Colorado State
Santana, Bryce New MexicoDENO STATSL, 37-0 Boise State
Santana, JuanCarlos Tulsa WR5 rec., 59 yds., 1 TDW, 44-10 Temple 
Segura, Justin NM StateDLNO STATSW, 56-16 Kentucky 
Silva, Cesar Fresno StateKNO STATSBYE
Small, SethTexas A&M KFG- 1/1PAT -6/6 W, 52-3 PV A&M
Sori-Marin, MarianoMinnesota LB4 tackles , 0.5 sacks W, 35-14 Indiana
Soto, AnthonyLenoir-Rhyne Offensive Coordinator/ /OLL, 31-10 Bowie State
Steele, Chris USCCB5 tackles, 1 TFLL, 62-33 UCLA
Stone, Jr., Ron Washington StateLB5 tackles W, 44-18Arizona 
Umana, Orlando Ole MissOLTotal offense- 470 yds. W, 31-17 Vanderbilt 
Velazquez, AlonzoWyoming OLTotal offense- 604 yds. W, 44-17 Utah State

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