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Damien Martinez builds Frosh All America case

Damien Martinez highlights recap of Latinos in College Football

Oregon State’s Damien Martinez is starting to blossom into one of the most productive running backs in America. The 6-foot wrecking ball from Lewisville, Texas, is making a strong case for Freshman All-America status.

Cal Berkeley became Martinez’s latest victim on Saturday. He rushed for 105 yards on 23 carries and had a reception for six yards as the Beavers beat Cal 38-10.

Since rushing for 111 yards on Oct. 15 against Washington State, Damien Martinez has eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark in four consecutive games. He pounded his way to a career-high 178 rushing yards against Colorado on Oct. 22. Then he added 107 at Washington and 105 this past weekend.

Damien Martinez on pace for 1,000 yards

Damien Martinez has rushed for 729 yards with five touchdowns on 121 carries so far this season. With two games and a Bowl appearance remaining on the Beavers’ schedule, 1,000 rushing yards appear within reach. The Beavers returned to the Associated Press’ Top 25 on Sunday.

Eastern Michigan defensive end Jose Ramirez had a big week. On Tuesday night, Ramirez had five tackles, including one for a loss, as the Eagles soared over Akron 34-28.

Two days later, Ramirez accepted an invitation to participate in the East-West Shrine game, the longest-running college all-star football game. 

Kent State running back Gavin Garcia rushed seven times for 37 yards in a 40-6 road win over Bowling Green on Wednesday night.

Last week’s Latino Player of the Week, University of Oregon cornerback Christian Gonzalez had another strong performance. He had 10 tackles in a 37-34 loss to Washington. 

Miami kicker Andres Borregales did not attempt a field goal, but he was perfect on all five PAT attempts in a 35-14 victory over Georgia Tech. Miami wide receiver Xavier Restrepo caught three passes for 10 yards in the win. 

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Kansas State quarterback Adrian Martinez threw for 35 yards on 7-of-8 in a 31-3 win over the Baylor Bears. He was replaced after he appeared to have suffered a lower body injury on a quarterback sneak in the first quarter.

Ron Stone Jr. has another stellar performance

Washington State rush end/ linebacker Ron Stone, Jr. had five tackles in a 28-18 victory over Arizona State. Cougars defensive lineman Christian Mejia had one tackle. Texas punter Daniel Trejo punted seven times, averaging 41 yards per punt. He landed two inside the 20 yard line in a 17-10 primetime loss to TCU. 

San Diego State wide receiver Jesse Matthews hauled in four passes for 57 yards and a touchdown as the Aztecs overcame an early 14-point deficit to defeat San Jose 43-27.

North Carolina tight end Kamari Morales hauled in two passes for 12 yards as the Tar Heels edged out Wake Forest, 36-34. The 15th ranked Tar Heels are undefeated in conference play (6-0).

Notre Dame redshirt freshman defensive lineman Gabriel Rubio had a tackle for a loss in Notre Dame’s 35-32 win over Navy.

Minnesota linebacker Mariano Sori-Marin finished with three tackles including one for a loss in a 30-3 win over Northwestern. South Alabama kicker Diego Guajardo was 1-of-2 and hit all five PAT attempts in a 38-21 win over Texas State. 

Jalen Cropper-Moreno shines

Fresno State wide receiver Jalen Cropper-Moreno averaged over 20 yards per catch (8 catches for 164 yards). He scored two touchdowns. Defensive end David Perales was in on seven tackles, including two for loss and a sack, in the Bulldogs’ 37-30 victory over Marcus Arroyo’s UNLV Rebels. UNLV has lost five consecutive contests.

Tulsa wide receiver JuanCarlos Santana caught three passes for 52 yards and a score, but the Golden Hurricane fell 26-10 to the Memphis Tigers. Tulsa has lost 6 of their last 7 contests. 

Iowa safety Sebastian Castro had four tackles, including a tackle for loss in the Hawkeyes’ 24-10 win over Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes, winners of three consecutive games, are now bowl eligible and are tied for the Big Ten West lead. 

In a 51-7 win over Louisiana Tech, UTSA running back, redshirt sophomore Justin Rodriguez carried the ball seven times for 24 yards. UTSA remains undefeated in Conference- USA play (6-0).  Rodriguez is a San Antonio resident who had two carries before Saturday.

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