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Fresno State HC Tim DeRuyter disclosed that sophomore K Colin McGuire has left the football team to deal with "personal issues with his family."

"We really appreciate the contributions from Colin over the last year and a half — he helped us win a Mountain West Conference championship," DeRuyter said according to the Fresno Bee. "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 now out, Fresno State will rely on freshman walk-on K Kody Kroening to handle PATs and field goals, while punter Garrett Swanson will serve as his backup.
Sep 3 - 5:00 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Fresno State redshirt senior WR Josh Harper's routes need more polish.

Weidl adds Harper is a "raw athlete with strong body control and hand/eye coordination." It might be more difficult for Harper to show his goods this season despite taking over top receiver duties from Davante Adams thanks to the loss of Derek Carr. Harper posted 79 catches for 1,011 yards and 13 touchdowns last year.
Aug 12 - 1:10 PM

Texas A&M redshirt senior WR LeKendrick Williams has transferred to Fresno State, according to Bruce Feldman.

With Williams' redshirt senior status, he might be eligible to play immediately. That is if he graduated from Texas A&M during his time there. Williams was a part-time contributor with the Aggies.
Aug 2 - 11:02 AM

Former Oregon redshirt freshman LB Tyrell Robinson will transfer to Fresno State, according to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

Feldman reported Robinson was free to transfer to any school back in June. Robinson played in nine games as a freshman and recorded 12 tackles. He will almost certainly be forced to sit out the season and redshirt.
Aug 2 - 10:36 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that Fresno State senior S Derron Smith "is a do-it-all defender" and thinks his "versatility, ballskills and competitiveness will serve him well" in the NFL.

"Smith is a do-it-all defender for the Bulldogs, playing centerfield in the deep half, lining up in the box to attack the run and also on special teams coverage. He lacks ideal fluidity and his lack of NFL size and strength allows him to be too easily blocked from plays, but his versatility, ballskills and competitiveness will serve him well at the next level," Brugler writes. The 5-foot-10 200 pound safety ranked second in the nation in 2013 with 8 interceptions and is seen as the top senior prospect at the safety position.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 15 - 3:01 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler calls Fresno State redshirt senior WR Josh Harper "one of the more underrated senior receiver prospects" entering the 2014 season.

"He is lean limbed with limited power and is unreliable as a blocker, but the biggest question mark for him entering his senior season is can he continue his development without Derek Carr. Although not a notable name, Harper is one of the more underrated senior receiver prospects entering the 2014 season," Brugler writes. The 6-foot-1, 184 pound wideout had a breakout performance in 2013 with 79 catches for 1,011 yards and 13 scores. Another challenge for Harper will be to duplicate last year's performance without wideouts Davante Adams and Isaiah Burse drawing coverages.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 14 - 9:45 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Fresno State junior ILB Kyrie Wilson "is a solid prospect" with "a large degree of upside."

Pauline currently has the junior as a Rd. 6-7 prospect, but adds that Wilson is "someone who will move up draft boards if he continues to improve." Wilson started all 13 games at inside linebacker last season, tying for second on the squad with 87 tackles (52 solo).
Jul 7 - 3:13 PM

Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Insider reports that NFL scouts are high on Fresno State redshirt senior WR Josh Harper.

Harper was named a Second-team All-Mountain West selection after grabbing 79 catches for 1,011 yards and 13 touchdowns (tied for eighth in the country) in 2013. "Harper shows tremendous quickness and run after the catch skill," Pauline wrote. "For my money Harper is good but has no great physical characteristics which sets him apart. Playing without Derek Carr this season will be a challenge."
Jul 5 - 5:08 PM

Fresno State senior S Derron Smith "has a lot of Earl Thomas in his game," observes Tony Pauline.

Smith enters the 2014 season with the most career interceptions of any returning player in college football. "Smith is the top prospect from the program in my opinion," Pauline wrote. "He’s a tough run defender with good ball skills. Size is an issue as Smith may struggle to measure 5-feet-10 and 200-pounds." Smith was all over the field in FSU's loss to USC in the Las Vegas Bowl. You'll see more of that in 2014.
Jul 4 - 1:51 PM

Fresno State's Derron Smith grades as ESPN analyst Mel Kiper's No. 1 preseason senior safety.

"No player in college football will enter the 2014 season with more career INTs than Smith, a safety who is better in coverage than he is near the line of scrimmage," Kiper wrote. "The Bulldogs often featured a single high look that had him responsible for a lot of space down the field." Smith had a national coming out party in FSU's loss to USC in the Las Vegas Bowl, being in on 18 tackles and returning an interception for a touchdown. Expect bigger things to come in 2014.
Jun 29 - 1:04 PM

Fresno State's Tyeler Davison checks in as Mel Kiper's No. 5 ranked senior DT.

"A former wrestler who knows how to play with leverage and use his powerful frame effectively, with the ability to drive blockers and rip through to clear himself," the respected scribe noted. Davison was named to the Second Team All-Mountain West Conference in 2013. A nose guard in FSU's 3-4 scheme, Davison has proved adept at occupying blockers and clogging up the middle.
Jun 15 - 2:14 PM

Oregon sophomore-to-be LB Tyrell Robinson will transfer, according to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

Robinson has been given his outright release from the Oregon program, so he is free to transfer to any school, including in the Pac-12. The former four-star recruit played in nine games as a freshman and registered 12 tackles.
Jun 12 - 10:53 AM

Fresno State junior QB Brian Burrell will likely replace Derek Carr as starter.

Burrell (6-foot-4, 219 pounds) "has good size and a nice arm," according to Mike Huguenin. He threw just 12 passes last season as Carr's understudy. The former JUCO transfer won't be expected to even come close to Carr's ridiculous 2013 production, though the Bulldogs' spread system is extremely QB friendly.
May 26 - 3:52 PM

Vikings signed Fresno State T Austin Wentworth.

Wentworth (6-foot-4 5/8, 314) made 43 starts for the Bulldogs, playing right tackle and right guard as a sophomore before protecting Derek Carr's blindside as a junior and senior. He was voted first-team All-Mountain West in both 2012 and 2013. Wentworth was a quality college left tackle, but projects to the right side or guard in the NFL due to 32 1/4-inch arms. He's a good enough athlete with 5.05 speed and an 8-foot-7 broad jump. Wentworth has a chance to become a useful swing reserve.
May 13 - 10:28 PM

Fresno State QB Derek Carr was the top-rated player on the Raiders' board heading into Round 2, according to CSNBayArea's Scott Bair.

Oakland didn't anticipate selecting a signal-caller until later on, but they were surprised -- as were many draft experts -- that Carr fell out of Round 1 and into their laps. The value at No. 36 couldn't be ignored, so the Raiders flipped the script. Carr owns an outstanding arm, good athleticism and NFL bloodlines. However, he struggles in a muddied pocket and plays with shoddy mechanics. He's a good developmental prospect to sit for a year behind newly-acquired Matt Schaub. If the Raiders can fill the holes in his game -- and it won't be easy, but it's certainly possible -- they'll have a star on their hands.
May 10 - 11:58 AM

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