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The wait continues for football
Estevan Barragan
Estevan Barragan

Estevan Barragan made history last fall when he became the first student-athlete from Central Valley High School to make an NCAA Division-I football roster.

He helped prepare Fresno State’s starting defense for games as a scout-team running back.

Barragan and his Bulldog teammates found out earlier this week their season was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mountain West officials made the announcement on Monday.

“I just got off a team meeting on Zoom,” said Barragan, a 5-foot-8 redshirt freshman tailback. “Everyone’s disappointed. We all want to play the game we love. We’re not in control of who makes those decisions. This is going to make me work even harder.”

Barragan will be prepared to prove himself once again when football resumes at Fresno State.

“It’s going to be a long time before we can practice together,” he said. “We’ll find out when we get back who put in the work when nobody was watching.” 

Mountain West postponed all fall sports because of the coronavirus.

The football season might be held this spring if feasible.

“There will be a lot of protocols set when we get back,” Barragan said. “It’s going to be different. If I need to sign a COVID waiver, I’m definitely going to do it.”

Fresno State players have used Zoom and FaceTime to connect with their coaches during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’ve been working hard,” Barragan said. “I got the playbook down. My confidence level keeps growing each year. I have to make my opportunities count whenever we do have practices. I’m not going to stop until I get on the field and score a touchdown.”

Barragan suited up for all of the Bulldogs’ home contests in 2019.

He stood on the sidelines but didn’t log any playing time.

Fresno State compiled a 4-8 overall record and tied for last in the Mountain West standings (2-6).

Barragan graduated from Central Valley High School in 2018.

He was a standout at the varsity level for three seasons.

Barragan was named the Western Athletic Conference’s Most Outstanding Offensive Players his senior year.

He rushed for 1,111 yards and 13 touchdowns.

He hauled in 31 passes for 503 yards and two TDS.

Barragan earned second-team all-league honors on defense.

He had 110 tackles, one interception, two pass deflections and one forced fumble at safety.

Barragan was a first-team all-league defensive selection his junior and sophomore years.

Barragan’s teams at Central Valley also experienced success.

The Hawks amassed a 21-11 overall record, won one conference title and qualified for the playoffs twice from 2015-17.