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Estevan Barragan 2020
Estevan Barragan

Fresno State’s football program closed out the 2020 campaign with a 49-39 loss to New Mexico on Dec. 12.

Central Valley High School grad Estevan Barragan and his Bulldog teammates will start their offseason workout program during the spring semester.

“I’m going to attack this offseason really hard,” Barragan said. “My main focus is to get stronger and faster. I have to keep pushing.”

Barragan, a redshirt freshman running back, suited up for just one of Fresno State’s five games this past season.

He fractured the ring finger and dislocated the middle finger on his right hand during a live scrimmage leading up to the Bulldogs’ second game.

“I worked really hard in the offseason,” Barragan said. “This happened. I would have got a chance to play if I didn’t fracture my fingers. It’s my first major injury in football. I’ve been playing since third grade. The doctor said I don’t need surgery. He said it would take six months to completely heal. It’s another challenge in front of me. When my opportunity comes, I will take full advantage of it.”

Fresno State compiled a 3-3 overall record.

The Bulldogs had to cancel two games and multiple practices due to COVID-19 tracing within the football program.

“It was a tough experience with COVID and the injury,” Barragan said. “We had to do a lot of testing. It was three times a week. Thankfully, not many people got it.”

Fresno State opened the 2020 season with a 34-19 loss to Hawaii on Oct. 24 at Bulldog Stadium.

Barragan suited up for the game.

He was a second-string player on special teams.

Barragan was recognized by Fresno State’s football program on Nov. 15.

He earned Scout Team Player of the Week honors.

Barragan was rewarded for his contributions on special teams.

“I got four more years,” he said. “I have to keep pushing. Once I make an impact on special teams, I’ll have a higher chance to get some playing time at running back during games.”

Barragan, who stands just 5-foot-7 and weighs 170 pounds, beat the odds last fall by earning a roster spot at Fresno State.