2017 NFL Draft

Robert Turbin, RB

School: Utah State  |  Conference: WAC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Fremont, CA
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 222 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - Seattle wanted to get more speed on defense, and they achieved that by drafting the most pure pass rusher in the draft in West Virginia's Bruce Irvin at No. 15 overall. Irvin ran a blazing, 4.43 in the 40-yard dash at the combine and totaled 22.5 sacks during his two seasons at West Virginia. Coach Pete Carroll said he'll back up pass-rushing defensive end Chris Clemons, and play opposite him on third down. Carroll also drafted a quarterback for the first time since he's been in Seattle, selecting Wisconsin signal-caller Russell Wilson in the third round. The Seahawks like Wilson's skill set and leadership skills. And even though Seattle signed Matt Flynn to a multi-year deal in free agency, Wilson will get an opportunity to show how he fits into the quarterback competition with Flynn and Jackson once training camp begins in July. BEST PICK: Running back Robert Turbin: The Seahawks needed a backup running back to ease the load for Marshawn Lynch, and they get another bruising runner in Turbin. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Seahawks' picks: Round 4/106 - Robert Turbin, RB, 5-10, 222, Utah State...Seattle needs a bruising runner to lessen the load on Marshawn Lynch, and they appear to have gotten the guy in Turbin. - The Sports Xchange

12/24/2011 - Utah State running back Robert Turbin, who rushed for 1,517 yards and 19 touchdowns this season, is parlaying his monster 2011 campaign into an early entry into the NFL. Largely due to Turbin's strong running, Utah State went to their first bowl game since 1997. For his exploits Turbin was voted the WAC's Offensive Player of the Year. Turbin continued the recent trend of athletes breaking news via their Twitter accounts by announcing the news Friday. Turbin, operating under the handle @RobT_33wrote: Id like to Thank all the fans of Utah state for all ur support thru wins n losses, and thru injuries and health.. some of u already kno but after going back and forth with my decision I've decided that its best for me n my family to take the next n go pro. I appreciate everyone who's helped me along the way and who has supported.. Utah state will continue to grow and hopefully I've left something new guys can improve on when they go in and get their opportunity.For those who haven't seen Turbin, he's a virtual pinball of muscle. Possessing as impressive an upper body physique as any running back in the country (well, perhaps excluding Alabama's Trent Richardson), Turbin uses his strong arms and good leg drive to plow through defenders. He's hardly just a power runner, however, possessing surprising agility and acceleration for such a powerful back. Rated by NFLDraftScout.com as a likely fourth round pick and the No. 11 running back overall, Turbin rushed for 3,315 yards and 40 touchdowns over his Aggie career. He's also a reliable receiver out of the backfield, having caught 67 passes for 845 yards and 11 more scores and is among the stouter pass blockers of this year's running back class. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/17/2011 - Scouting the Utah State running game: The beauty is that Robert Turbin can do it all but doesn't have to. The Aggies will use a variety of running backs to move the ball alongside quarterback Adam Kennedy. Offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin demands that all of them be able to pass-block, but otherwise works to strengths. Turbin is the best back in school history, but the ability to add Michael Smith or Kerwynn Williams, who are particularly good at scampering outside, allows USU to maximize Turbin's abilities without bogging him down with too many carries. USU has at least one rushing touchdown in the last 13 games. USU will bring the nation's sixth-ranked rushing attack into the bowl game, led by Turbin, who is 10th in FBS in rushing (118.0 ypg) and tied for fifth in scoring (11.5 ppg). - The Sports Xchange

12/17/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Robert Turbin is playing for history, and money. The school's best running back has another college chance to get NFL scouts looking at him. Remember, he's a junior eligibility-wise but also is five years into his college life after being granted redshirt years for injuries in 2007 and 2010. This may be his last game in Logan, and he's sounded that way in a few interviews recently. - The Sports Xchange

12/07/2011 - 2011 ALL-WAC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB-Robert Turbin, Utah State, Jr., has been selected All-WAC Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted upon by the WAC's eight head coaches. A native of Fremont, Calif. (Irvington HS), Turbin is 10th in the nation in rushing with 118.0 yards per game and is fifth in scoring with 11.5 points per contest. Turbin has rushed for 1,416 yards and 19 touchdowns on 229 attempts for an average of 6.2 yards per carry. He has caught 16 passes for 164 yards and four more touchdowns. His 138 points scored this season are currently the seventh most in WAC history. The 1,416 yards ranks Turbin fifth on USU's single-season rushing yardage list, needing just 120 more for the No. 1 spot of 1,536 yards, currently held by Demario Brown in 1999. Turbin is already the USU record holder for single-season rushing TDs (19), single-season total TDs (23) and single-season scoring (138). - Utah State football

12/07/2011 - Robert Turbin still has 10 days and one bowl game left in his junior season as Utah State's superstar running back. Already, however, the questions are starting, and they won't stop until he makes a decision. Will he stay? Or will he declare for the NFL draft and leave USU with a season of eligibility remaining? In the past few weeks, Turbin has done his best to deflect the issue. But he tackled it this week when asked. "My focus is Ohio and my focus is still this football team," Turbin said. "My decision is going to be heavily, heavily based on my family and their situation. If the best thing is for me to leave so I can put them in a better situation, then I'll do that. If I can stay another year in college, there's nothing like this experience." Utah State coach Gary Andersen said that he's been told Turbin projects as high as a third-round draft pick. He said that he will submit Turbin's name for another projection among NFL teams after the season ends. If his projection comes back that high, he will encourage his running back to leave school and declare. - Tony Jones, The Salt Lake Tribune

12/06/2011 - Will he stay or will he go? That's the question on many people's minds regarding the future of Utah State running back Robert Turbin. Will Turbin, who still has one year of eligibility left, return for his senior season at USU or will he opt to enter the NFL draft? "I've talked to my dad briefly about it," Turbin said. "He knows that my focus is Ohio, he knows that my focus is still on this football team, this coaching staff and these fans. "I'll have plenty of time to evaluate and make that decision. My decision is going to be heavily based on my family and their situation. Are they in need of a better situation? If so, if the best thing for me to do is leave so that I can put them in a better situation, then I'll do that. "But, if I can stay another year in college - there's nothing like this experience - (I will). You grow close with these teammates, you grow close with there fans and these coaches. It's less business-like, you have a lot of fun. So, it's harder than you'd think to say, ???I'm going to pack my things and go.' Hopefully, I'll have a decision made sometime close to the bowl game or after." Turbin has helped guide the Aggies (7-5) to their first postseason appearance since 1997. USU will play Ohio (9-4) in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 17 at Bronco Stadium in Boise. Turbin discussed his future with USU head coach Gary Andersen on Monday afternoon. "I'm going to talk to Coach A strictly about what I should do, my family situation and what's going on," Turbin said Monday morning. "I'll let him in on those kind of things just so he knows as a head coach what's going on." - Wade Denniston, The Herald Journal

11/22/2011 - WEEK 12 WAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Utah State running back Robert Turbin, a junior from Fremont, Calif. (Irvington HS), rushed for a career-high 208 yards and three touchdowns in Utah State's 49-42 double overtime win at Idaho. Two of his touchdown runs came in the overtime periods and the other was on an 80-yard run in the second quarter. The 208 yards rushing are the second most by a WAC player this year and were the fourth most by any running back in the nation last weekend. Others nominated on offense: junior running back Robbie Rouse, Fresno State; junior quarterback Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech; senior running back Lampford Mark, Nevada; and senior running back Brandon Rutley, San Jose State. - WAC football

11/06/2011 - Robert Turbin scored on a 1-yard run with 14 seconds left to complete a second-half rally that gave Utah State a 35-31 win over Hawaii on Saturday night. The Aggies (3-5, 1-2 WAC) trailed by 21 points at halftime, but scored the final 21 points to turn back the Warriors (5-4, 3-2). Utah State totaled 433 yards of offense, with 280 coming in the second half. Turbin, who has scored at least one rushing touchdown in his last 13 games, finished with 96 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns. Hawaii held a 31-14 lead in the third quarter, but Utah State cut the deficit to 10 points with a 37-yard touchdown pass from Adam Kennedy to Chuck Jacobs. Kennedy's 71-yard scoring strike to Stanley Morrison early in the fourth quarter brought the Aggies within a field goal. - AP Sports

09/30/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Utah State at BYU, Sept. 30 - BYU knows what hard times are like, having gone through a two-game losing streak before defeating Central Florida on Sept. 23. USU has to avoid a similar skid, but most go on the road after a heart-wrenching home loss to Colorado State. The Aggies haven't won in Provo since 1979, losing the last 15 tries. It's a critical game in consideration of trying to reach a bowl game for the first time in more than a decade. KEYS TO THE GAME: Utah State is very strong with defense against the run, and the Cougars don't run the ball particularly well. The question will be if USU can force BYU sophomore quarterback Jake Heaps to make plays with his arm, and if the Aggies can force turnovers. - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Head coach Gary Andersen has been trying to rebuild the offensive line since he arrived three seasons ago. The Auburn trip was easily his greatest success story, along with the aid of offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin. "I just thought the offensive line controlled the ball in a very violent, physical nature. It is tremendous for us to see," Andersen said. The Aggies have the running game that, if holes can continue to be opened, will make life incredibly easier for freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Robert Turbin didn't get to show his breakaway speed at Auburn, but it was a strong first effort since missing all of last year with a knee injury. Look for the Aggies to try and build his confidence with some longer runs against Weber State. - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2011 - Gary Andersen couldn't help but take his team straight to the stadium on Labor Day, about 48 hours after a wrenching road loss at Auburn, a game the upstart Aggies should have won against the defending national champions. Now comes a different type of challenge: This time, USU should be the heavy favorite at home against Weber State from nearby Ogden. Andersen has to wonder if his team will be up for it after blowing a 10-point lead with a little less than four minutes remaining at Jordan-Hare Stadium. "I think there is a part of me that is on that field that will be there forever. I know that much," said Andersen, in his third year as head coach. "That was as difficult of a loss as I have ever been around, and I have been around some great victories and some difficult losses. The question is, where do we go from here?" The Aggies had to take away very good things from the trip to Auburn. Some players that were hurt all of last season, like running back Robert Turbin, have their health intact in returning this year. They controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball virtually all day against an SEC opponent. - The Sports Xchange

09/02/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Robert Turbin - Back from a knee injury that ruined his entire 2010 season. Playing on such a big stage, it could be a breakout party for him and the Aggies if he can find the old form that made him a 1,000-yard rusher two seasons ago. Capable of making big runs with one clever block. - The Sports Xchange

09/02/2011 - Watch out for the formerly wounded to return strong for Utah State. RB Robert Turbin had his knee injury. WR Matt Austin tore his patella tendon. Both key factors are back and healthy. So is Stanley Morrison, a possession wide receiver who nearly had his career ruined by a freak diving-board accident last season. - The Sports Xchange

09/02/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin has been working with the same quarterback the past few years. Diondre Borel is gone, however, and that leaves either junior-college transfer Adam Kennedy (the more pure thrower) or freshman Chuckie Keeton (the better runner) as his choices. Whoever is the one, Baldwin has said he wants the players around the signal caller to make his life easier. "I just like the depth of the backs with (Robert) Turbin, Michael Smith and Kerwynn (Williams)," Baldwin said. "We've got some depth at running back and that's why I don't feel pressure with the quarterback situation. Let the backs, let the wideouts take it over, and let that quarterback just manage the offense." - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2011 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: RB Robert Turbin missed all of last season with a knee injury, but is expected to make a full recovery and return to his school-record setting form from 2009 when he ranked third in the WAC and 20th in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in rushing with 108.0 ypg, as well as third in the league and 32nd in the nation in all-purpose yards with 142.8 ypg. Turbin finished with 1,296 rushing yards, becoming the first USU back with that close to 1,500 in a decade. So it's not hyperbole to say the Aggies need him healthy, and to perform up to expectations. Especially as they break in a new quarterback. - The Sports Xchange

08/28/2011 - Utah State head coach Gary Andersen will not be announcing a starting quarterback until that player gets under center in the Aggies' first game against Auburn. Whether it be junior college transfer Adam Kennedy or true freshman Chuckie Keeton, they will be afforded a luxury no other Aggie quarterback has for several years with a deep and dynamic group of skill position players. The fully healthy Robert Turbin highlights the running back lineup. Turbin has been named to the Doak Walker Award Preseason Watch List, an award given to the nation's top running back every season. No Aggie player has been given that honor since Emmett White in 2001. Sporting News, Athlon, Phil Steele and virtually every other preseason magazine has Turbin named to the Preseason All-WAC team, a pretty impressive feat for a guy who has not played in competition in nearly two years. "He's a great running back and he's fun to block for because he makes big plays," said Aggie center Tyler Larsen. "It's great to watch him and block for him." - Kraig Williams, The Deseret News

08/11/2011 - After missing all of last season recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in off-season workouts, Utah State running back Robert Turbin is back and ready to lead the Aggie offense. "It feels good," said Turbin. "Just being out for a long time and not being able to play, I miss the camaraderie with the guys and having fun." In 2009, Turbin exploded for over 1,714 yards of total offense and 18 touchdowns. Still with two years of eligibility left, Turbin, who has 28 career touchdowns, is on pace to shatter the school's all-time touchdown record of 41. He's on the Doak Walker Award watch list, given to the nation's top running back, and he's a first team preseason all-WAC performer. "Robert Turbin is a tremendous back," said head coach Gary Andersen. "He's proven that in '09. He looks to be the same that he was in '09, but probably more hungry. He's probably a better schooled student in the game of football than he was in '09." "The thing I want to do most is be as best of a leader for this team as I can," said Turbin. "I always say that whether I run for one yard or 2,001 yards, as long as we win, I'm satisfied." - Dana Greene, ABC 4 Sports, Utah

07/19/2011 - 2011 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Robert Turbin (Jr.), Utah State, has been named one of 52 running backs selected to the 2011 Doak Walker Award Preseason Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The award is presented annually to the nation's top college running back. Turbin, a Fremont, Calif. (Irvington HS) native, missed all of last season with a knee injury, but is expected to make full recovery and return to his school-record setting form from 2009 when he ranked third in the WAC and 20th in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in rushing with 108.0 ypg, as well as third in the league and 32nd in the nation in all-purpose yards with 142.8 ypg. Turbin finished with 1,296 rushing yards, becoming the first USU back with 1,500 for a career since White (1998-01), who finished with 2,791 yards. The 1,296 yards rank eighth on the Aggies' single-season rushing list, right behind White's 1,322 yards in 2000 at No. 7. With 1,798 career rushing yards, Turbin is currently No. 11 on the USU career rushing list, 22 behind Jack Hill's 1,820 yards (1952, 55-56) at the No. 10 spot. - Utah State football


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