Fresno State Football

Fresno State football: Kicker Colin McGuire leaves team

Fresno State kicker Colin McGuire, who made some big field goals last season for the Bulldogs in winning a second consecutive Mountain West Conference championship, has left the team to return home to Texas and deal with some personal issues with his family.

McGuire was with the Bulldogs on Saturday when they lost at USC, hitting one of two point-after touchdown attempts. Last season, he hit 11 of 16 field-goal attempts as a true freshman, including a 47-yarder that tied the score with 3:48 remaining in regulation of an overtime victory against Rutgers.

"We really appreciate the contributions from Colin over the last year and a half -- he helped us win a Mountain West Conference championship," coach Tim DeRuyter said Tuesday. "We let him have a couple of weeks off during training camp this year to deal with some personal issues with his family. We thought we were over the hump, but clearly he has to spend some more time taking care of that and we wish him all the best as he deals with this difficult time in his life."

With McGuire out, the Bulldogs will have freshman walk-on Kody Kroening handle PATs and field goals with punter Garrett Swanson as the backup.

Swanson already handles kickoff duties for the Bulldogs and against the Trojans had three well-placed kicks that spurred a vast improvement in kickoff coverage. USC had three returns for an average of 14.3 yards -- last season the Bulldogs ranked 104th in the bowl subdivision allowing an average of 23.4 yards and two touchdowns on 60 returns.

"Right now Garrett and Kody will take over the things that Colin was doing," DeRuyter said. "Kody will be our starting PAT and field-goal guy, Garrett will be our second field-goal guy and if we have a longer one we may go with Garrett."