Zach Calzada Highlights Week for Latinos in College Football
Eastern Michigan's José Ramirez starred on defense
Zach Calzada made this week’s choice easy. There are more than 100 Latinos in college football, and one of them quarterbacked his team over No. 1 Alabama this weekend.
Actually, two Latinos played crucial roles in Texas A&M’s 41-38 upset victory over Alabama on Saturday night at Kyle Field. Seth Small, the son of a Mexico City native, kicked the winning field goal as time expired. So Our Esquina is adding a special teams recognition to our weekly roundup of Latinos in college football.
At Our Esquina, where we amplify Latino voices in sports, arts and culture, we’re keeping track of all the Latinos playing college football. This is our weekly list of Latinos in college football. This is a look to see how they and their teams fared.
We want to highlight their achievements and tell their stories during the season.
Here are our Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week.
Offensive Player of the Week, Zach Calzada
Texas A&M junior quarterback Zach Calzada threw for three touchdowns, 285 yards and led the 18-point underdog Aggies to an upset win over No. 1 ranked Alabama.
The previously unranked Aggies entered the home contest with confidence waning, having lost two straight games to Arkansas and Mississippi State. The Aggies started the game hot and jumped out to a 14 point halftime lead.
The Crimson Tide overcame that and another fourteen point deficit to eventually take a lead at 38-31 late with five minutes in the fourth quarter.
The steely Calzada, a grandson of Cuban refugees, responded with four pass completions. The last one was a 25-yard touchdown to tie the game with three minutes remaining. A strong defensive effort forced the Crimson Tide to punt after just one set of downs and less than a minute off the clock.
Calzada then led the Aggies on an eight play, 54-yard drive that ended with a 28-yard game-winning field goal by Seth Small.
Latino Defensive Player of the Week José Ramirez
Eastern Michigan sophomore defensive end José Ramirez, a 6-foot-2, 251-pound from Lake Alfred, Fla., filled up the stat sheet against Miami of Ohio.
He had six tackles, one sack, a tackle for loss and five quarterback hurries. He also forced a fumble in the Eagles’ 13-12 homecoming win over Miami of Ohio.
Latino Special Teams Player of the Week, Seth Small
Texas A&M kicker senior kicker Seth Small opened and capped the scoring for the Aggies in their victory over Alabama.
The son of a Mexico City native was peligroso, as he likes to say often in the morning on Game Day when his father Ricardo asks him how he feels.
Small was 2 for 2 on field goal attempts while also going perfect on his five PATs on a night his locker neighbor Zach Calzada starred.
Growing list of Latinos in College Football
Each week we hear of new Latinos College Football player. Last week we learned of Eastern Michigan’s Ramirez while watching him in person against Northern Illinois.
This week, the new addition to our list is Jesus Echevarria, a defensive end at Washington State. Please let us know of other Latinos on college football rosters.
Other noteworthy aspects of Latinos in College Football:
UTSA tight end sophomore Oscar Cardenas scored his first collegiate touchdown for the Roadrunners in a 52-46 win over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. The touchdown gave the undefeated Roadrunners a 24-21 lead just before halftime. The Roadrunners are tied with UTEP Miners atop the Conference USA West standings. UTSA’s athletic department is led by a Latina, Lisa Campos.
Arizona State defensive line coach Robert Rodriguez was featured prominently during the Friday night ESPN broadcast of Sun Devils’ victory over Stanford. The Sun Devils also wore a Mayan- themed helmet during the game in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
|LAST NAME, FIRST NAME||TEAM||POSITION||STATS||TEAM RESULT|
|Alonso, Mandy||Virginia||DL||3 tackles, 2 solo, 1 TFL, 1 QB Hurry||W, 34-33Louisville|
|Araiza, Matt||San Diego St.||P/K||FG- 1/1PAT- 4/4||W, 31-7New Mexico|
|Aranda, Dave||Baylor||Head Coach||W, 45-20West Virginia|
|Arroyo, Elijah||Miami (FL)||TE||BYE|
|Arroyo, Marcus||UNLV||Head Coach||BYE|
|Avalos, Andy||Boise State||Head Coach||W, 26-17BYU|
|Aybar, Wilfredo||Stanford||LB||NO STATS||L, 28-10Arizona State|
|Banda, Ephraim||Utah State||Def. Coord/Safeties||BYE|
|Barr-Mira, Nicholas||UCLA||K||FG- 2/2PAT- 4/4||W, 34-16Arizona|
|Borregales, Andrés||Miami (FL)||K||BYE|
|Calzada, Zach||Texas A&M||QB||21-31, 285 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT|
2 rushes, 12 yds.
|Camarena, Evan||Portland State||CB||3 tackles||L, 42-35Idaho|
|Canales, Mike “Chico”||Maryland||Analyst||L, 66-17Ohio State|
|Cardenas, Oscar||UTSA||TE||2 rec., 19 yds., 1 TD||W, 52-46Western Kentucky|
|Cavazos, Lejond||Ohio State||CB||1 tackle||W, 66-17Maryland|
|Coley, James||Texas A&M||TE Coach||W, 41-38Alabama|
|Corral, Matt||Ole Miss||QB||14/21, 287 yds., 2 TD|
15 rushes, 94 yds., 2 TD
|Corrales, Beau||North Carolina||WR||NO STATS||L, 35-25Florida State|
|Cristobal, Mario||Oregon||Head Coach||BYE|
|Cropper, Jalen||Fresno St.||WR||BYE|
|Cruz, Gunner||Arizona||QB||4/7, 48 yds, 1 rush, -7 yds.||L, 34-16UCLA|
|Davila, Peter||Albany||DB Coach||L, 31-24William & Mary|
|Diaz, Manny||Miami (FL)||Head Coach||BYE|
|Echevarria, Jesus||Washington St.||DL||2 tackles||W, 31-24Oregon State|
|Escobar, Alex||NM State||RB||1 rush, 0 yds.2 rec., 20 yds.||L, 55-28Nevada|
|Escobar, Ivan||NM State||DL||NO STATS||L, 55-28Nevada|
|Fernandez, Aaron||Southern Utah||RGC/OL||L, 41-20Sacramento State|
|Figueroa, Nick||USC||DL||4 tackles, 2 solo||W, 42-26Utah|
|Flores, Joah||New Mexico||WR||NO STATS||L, 31-7San Diego State|
|Flores, Justin||Maine||WR coach||L, 33-23Elon|
|Fuente, Justin||Virginia Tech||Head Coach||L, 32-29Notre Dame|
|Flores, Reynaldo||UTEP||RB||1 rush, 8 yds. |
4 rec., 48 yds.
|W, 26-13Southern Miss|
|Garcia, Jake||Miami (FL)||QB||BYE|
|Garcia, Xavier||Temple||Def. GA||W, 52-3Cincinnati|
|Garcia- Castaneda, Isaiah||NM State||WR||5 rec., 76 yds.||L, 55-28Nevada|
|Gonzalez, Billy||Florida||WR/ Passing Game Coord.||L, 42-0Vanderbilt|
|Gonzales, Danny||New Mexico||Head Coach||W, 31-7San Diego State|
|Gonzales, Paul||TCU||Safeties Coach||L, 52-31Texas Tech|
|Hernandez, Dan||Eastern Illinois||OL Coach||BYE|
|Hernandez, Zach||Cal Poly||DB||NO STATS||L, 45-7Montana State|
|Infante, Gabe||Temple||RB Coach||L, 52-3Cincinnati|
|Jackson, Jim||Rice||TE Coach||BYE|
|Longoria, Esai||Montana Tech||OL||Total Offense- 253 yds.||L, 28-23College of Idaho|
|Loya, Logan||UCLA||WR||NO STATS||W, 34-16Arizona|
|Lozano, Alex||Portland State||LB||3 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack||L, 42-35Idaho|
|Madrigal, Anthony||San Jose St.||LB||NO STATS||L, 32-14Colorado State|
|Magana, Jorge||Montana Tech||LB||NO STATS||L, 27-23College of Idaho|
|Maldonado, Dino||NM State||QB||NO STATS||L, 55-28Nevada|
|Maldonado, Gunner||Arizona||Safety||5 tackles, 1 INT||W, 34-16UCLA|
|Martinez, Adrian||Nebraska||QB||18-28, 291 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT|
8 rushes, 38 yds., 1 TD
|Martinez, Cameron||Ohio State||SAF||1 tackle||W, 66-17Maryland|
|Martinez, Marc||Tarleton St.||LB coach||BYE|
|Martinez, Willie||Tennessee||CB coach||W, 45-20South Carolina|
|Mateos, Eric||Baylor||OL||W, 45-20West Virginia|
|Matthews, Jesse||San Diego State||WR||1 rec., 6 yds.||W, 31-7New Mexico|
|Mejia, Christian||Washington St.||DL||NO STATS||W, 31-24Oregon State|
|Melo, Lucas||Davenport University||Run Game Coordinator/Defensive Line||W, 18-13Northern Michigan|
|Mendez, Julian||Ottawa University||Offensive Coordinator||W, 37-14University of St. Mary|
|Mirabal, Alex||Oregon||OL Coach||BYE|
|Montano, Abraham||Fresno State||K||BYE|
|Morales, Kamari||North Carolina||TE||1 rec., 21 yds, 1 TD||L, 35-25Florida State|
|Navarro, Jaime||San Jose St.||OL||Total Offense- 267 yds.||L, 32-14Colorado State|
|Navarro, Juan||NCCU||DL Coach||L, 27-16Tennessee Tech|
|Navarro, Donny||Illinois||WR||1 rec., 16 yds.||L, 24-0Wisconsin|
|Nunez, Jay||Eastern Michigan||Sp. TeamsAssoc. HC||W, 13-12Miami (OH)|
|Olave, Chris||Ohio State||WR||7 rec., 120 yds, 2 TD||W, 66-17Maryland|
|Ornelas, Jesse||Central Oklahoma||RB Coach||W, 49-9Northeastern State|
|Ortega, Josh||UTEP||DE||2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QB Hurry||W, 26-13Southern Miss|
|Ortega- Jones, Julian||Texas St.||WR||NO STATS||W, 33-31South Alabama|
|Ortiz, Angel||Ottawa Univ. (AZ)||WR Coach||W, 48-6Texas College|
|Pacheco, Isaih||Rutgers||RB||11 rushes, 47 yds.||L, 31-13Michigan State|
|Padilla, David||Charleston Southern||Ass’t AD for Football||L, 31-24Robert Morris|
|Pagan, Justice||Portland State||LB||NO STATS||L, 42-35Idaho|
|Perales, David||Fresno State||DL||BYE|
|Ponce, Frank||Appalachian State||Offensive Coordinator||BYE|
|Ramirez, José||Eastern Michigan||DE||6 tackles, 3 solo, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 5 QB Hurries, 1 forced fumble||W, 13-12Miami (OH)|
|Ramirez, Manny||Texas Southern||OL Coach||W, 35-31Southern|
|Regalado, Marco||Washington State||Director of On-Campus Recruiting||W, 31-24Oregon State|
|Restrepo, Xavier||Miami (FL)||WR||BYE|
|Reveles, Miguel||La Verne||Offensive Coordinator||L, 51-7Redlands|
|Rivas, Eddie||Texas State||OL||Total Offense- 400 yds.||W, 33-21South Alabama|
|Rivas- Sandoval, Cesar||Southeastern University||Head Coach||L, 34-10Ave Maria|
|Rodriguez, Anthony||Portland State||TE||1 rec., 2 yds.||L, 42-35Idaho|
|Rodriguez, Chris||Kentucky||RB||16 CAR, 147 YDS, 1 TD|
1 rec., 3 yds., 1 TD
|Rodriguez, Drew||Towson St.||QB coach||W, 21-14Stony Brook|
|Rodriguez, Jacob||Virginia||RB||1 rush, 1 yard2 rec., 13 yds.||W, 34-33Louisville|
|Rodriguez, Joel||FIU||OL coach||L, 45-33Charlotte|
|Rodriguez, Juan||Fresno State||TE||BYE|
|Rodriguez, Justin||UTSA||RB||NO STATS||W, 52-46Western Kentucky|
|Rodriguez, Malcolm||Oklahoma St.||LB||BYE|
|Rodriguez, Oscar||Akron||Assoc. HC/ ILB||W, 35-20Bowling Green|
|Rodriguez, Robert||Arizona St.||DL coach||W, 28-10Stanford|
|Rojas, Manny||Delaware||Def. Coordinator||L, 22-15Rhode Island|
|Rubio, Cruz||Cal Poly||LS||NO STATS||L, 45-7Montana State|
|Sanchez, Angel||Montana Tech||CB||1 tackles, 2 Pass Breakups||L, 27-23College of Idaho|
|Santa Cruz, Victor||Hawaii||Defensive Ends coach||BYE|
|Santana, Bryce||New Mexico||DE||NO STATS||W, 31-7San Diego State|
|Santana, JuanCarlos||Tulsa||WR||1 rec., 11 yds.||W, 35-29Memphis|
|Segura, Justin||NM State||DL||NO STATS||L, 55-28Nevada|
|Silva, Cesar||Fresno State||K||BYE|
|Small, Seth||Texas A&M||K||FG- 2/2, PAT- 2/2||W, 41-38Alabama|
|Soto, Anthony||Lenoir-Rhyne||Offensive Coordinator/ /OL||W, 38-31Tusculum|
|Steele, Chris||USC||CB||1 tackle, 1 pass defended||L, 42-26Utah|
|Umana, Orlando||Ole Miss||OL||611 total yards||W, 52-51Arkansas|
|Velazquez, Alonzo||Wyoming||OL||Total Offense- 257 yds.||L, 24-14Air Force|
|Ybarra, Austin||Montana Tech||LB||NO STATS||L, 27-23College of Idaho|
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