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Damien Martinez breaks out for Oregon State

Damien Martinez highlights weekly recap of Latinos in College Fooball

Running back Damien Martinez has slowly built up momentum this season, seemingly getting better and stronger each weekend. The Oregon State freshman had his official coming out party on Saturday against Colorado.

Damien Martinez

Martinez, a graduate of Lewisville (Texas) High, destroyed the Buffaloes, highlighting the weekend for Latino College Football Players. 

The former 3-star recruit looked more like a 5-star blue chip while rushing for 178 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries in the Beavers’ victory.

For his efforts against Colorado, Damien Martinez is Our Esquina’s Latino Player of the Week in College Football.

Damien Martinez heading bowling

The 6-foot running back also added a reception for 10 yards. The win was the Beavers’ sixth, making Oregon State bowl eligible. In the same game, Colorado wide receiver Daniel Arias had one catch for 14 yards. 

Damien Martinez wasn’t the only Latino college football player who starred for a flagship university in Oregon. Another Latino in the state of Oregon flourished.

University of Oregon cornerback Christian Gonzalez had five tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss during the Ducks’ 45-30 victory over previously unbeaten UCLA. 

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Fresno State wide receiver Jalen Cropper-Moreno had his best game of the season in a 41-9 victory over the University of New Mexico. Cropper- Moreno caught nine passes for 158 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs. His 75-yard touchdown strike gave the Bulldogs a two-score lead early in the third quarter .

Fresno State’s David Perales, last week’s Our Esquina Player of the Week, had four tackles, including a tackle for loss. Bulldogs kicker Abe Montano was perfect, connecting on both field goal attempts and five PATs. 

Reynaldo Flores stars again

UTEP Reynaldo Flores’ senior season gets better each week. In a 24-21 victory over the FAU Owls, Flores hauled in six passes for 48 yards, including a 4-yard fourth quarter touchdown that gave the Miners a 21-14 lead.

In a 20-16 Eastern Michigan victory, Jesus Gomez kicked a 55-yard field goal to give the Eagles a 10-7 advantage right before the half. Gomez drove in a 38-yarder to cap off a 13 play, 70-yard drive in the fourth quarter. 

Miami quarterback Jake Garcia completed 13-of-21 passes and threw for 198 and two touchdowns with three interceptions in the Hurricanes’ 45-21 loss to Duke. Hurricanes kicker Andy Borregales hit three PATs. 

Notre Dame redshirt freshman defensive lineman Gabriel Rubio had one tackle in Notre Dame’s 44-21 win over UNLV. Kansas State quarterback Adrian Martinez was injured on the Wildcats’ second drive in a 38-28 loss to TCU. He never returned to action. Prior to the injury, Martinez had completed a pass for 7 yards and had run once for 19 yards. 

Mariano Sori-Marin a tackling machine

Minnesota linebacker Mariano Sori-Marin had a team-high 15 tackles in the 45-17 loss to Penn State. 

UTSA tight end Oscar Cardenas caught three passes for 57 yards as the Roadrunners defeated North Texas, 31-27. On the game’s final drive, Cardenas’ one-handed catch set up the Roadrunners’ winning touchdown. 

University of Texas punter Daniel Trejo punted eight times, averaging 42.1 yards per punt with four of those inside the opponents 20-yard line in the Longhorns’ 41-34 loss versus the Oklahoma State Cowboys. 

South Alabama kicker Diego Guajardo scored the only points for the  Jaguars as they fell 10-6 to Troy. 

Kent State running back Gavin Garcia had four carries for 25 yards. He also had one reception for 24 yards in the 33-27 win over Akron. 

Tulsa wide receiver JuanCarlos Santana caught four passes for 44 yards in a 27-16 victory over the Temple Owls. 

Iowa quarterback Alex Padilla completed five passes for 32 yards in a 54-10 loss to undefeated Ohio State. Hawkeyes safety Sebastian Castro had three tackles in the loss. 

San Diego State wide receiver Jesse Matthews caught three passes for 27 yards in a 23-7 road victory over Nevada.

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