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Robert Turbin/Utah State football Videos
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Stout and well muscled, Turbin is a powerful-looking physical specimen with arms as strong as most legs. But his legs and feet are another issue, not a great sign for a runner.
He sat out 2007 with an injured foot and missed 2010 because of a torn ACL. But before and after those injuries he looked every bit the part of a future NFL star.
In 2009 he set records with 1,296 rushing, 418 yards receiving and 18 total touchdowns. After returning in 2011 from knee surgery, he broke his 09 record by rushing for 1,517 yards and 19 touchdowns and catching 17 passes for 171 yards and four more scores.
He runs with good initial explosion (36-inch vertical jump, 10' 6" broad jump), toughness (28 reps with 225 pounds in bench press) and has a deceptive second gear to fool defenders (reportedly a best of 4.42 seconds in 40 yards). Although concerns over durability will keep him down on some draft boards, his combination of initial burst, power and reliability as a receiver and blocker may get him selected early and then should get him on the field as a rookie. If he can stay healthy, he has the various abilities to be an outstanding NFL back.
Strengths: Possesses good burst to and through the hole. A patient runner with good vision and burst for the cutback. Squares his shoulders and can knock the defender back onto his heels. Good leg drive and forward lean to gain extra yardage after contact. Shows a surprising burst to beat linebackers to the edge. Can plant his foot in the ground and explode, showing better straight-line speed than you'd expect for a back of his size. Shows good hands and concentration as a receiver. Looks natural catching the ball. Cognizant and physical pass blocker who will square up the hard-charging linebacker in the hole to buy his quarterback time. Possesses a short, squatty frame conducive to tough inside running. Dedication to the weight room is obvious based on an upper body build as impressive as any running back in the country (with the possible exception of Alabama's Trent Richardson)...
Weaknesses: Possesses surprising burst for a back of his build but despite some long runs over his career has limited straight-line speed and can be caught from behind. Is much more explosive in his upfield burst than laterally, especially following the 2010 season in which he tore his ACL. Is a bit top-heavy. Possesses broad shoulders and a heavily muscled up upper-body but only average base. Durability concern. Missed the entire 2010 season with the torn ACL and redshirted in 2007 wih a foot injury, each of which will require a closer look by team doctors at the Combine. Questionable level of competition...
Missed all of last season with a knee injury, but is expected to make full recovery and return to school-record setting form of 2009... USU's first Doak Walker Award Watch List member since Emmett White in 2001... Strong, powerful, versatile and talented running back... Enters season with 1,798 rushing yards, the first USU back with 1,500 for a career since Emmett White (1998-01), who finished with 2,791 yards... The 1,798 yards 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... Has 21 career rushing TD's, which is tied for sixth on the Aggies' career list with Louie Giammona (1973-75)... Has a 5.7 ypc average, that is fifth on USU's career rushing list... With 28 career TD's, is now tied for sixth on USU's career total TD list with Kendal Smith (1985-88)... Tallied 170 career points, which is tied for 10th on USU's career points scored list with Rick Parros (1976-79).
Turbin is USU's first WAC Offensive Player of the Year award recipient and just the Aggies' second WAC individual honor, joining Paul Igboeli's WAC Freshman of the Year honor in 2006. Overall, Turbin is just the second USU player to earn a conference Offensive Player of the Year honor, joining Kendal Smith who was the 1998 Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Year. 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).
Missed the season due to injury.
Played in all 12 games, starting 11... Ranked third in the WAC and 20th in 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... Amassed 1,296 rushing yards, becoming USU's first 1,000-yard rusher since Aggie legend Emmett White in 2001... 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... Had 207 total carries (6.3 ypc) with 13 rushing TD's and a school-record long of 96-yards... Also led the conference's running backs in receiving yards with 34.8 ypg, totalling 418 yards on 30 receptions (13.9 ypc) with five TD catches... Scored a WAC-leading and USU single-season record 18 TD's, finishing with 110 points, the most for an offensive player in the WAC and the second-most overall on the season... Posted a 9.2 ppg average, which ranked second in the WAC and 13th in the FBS... Tied a school-record by scoring five total TD's with three rushing and two receiving scores in the Aggies' season-finale win over Idaho on Nov. 28... The five TD's was the most in a conference game since 2007... It also tied a USU single-game record last done in 1956 by Jack Hill with five rushing TD's... Totalled 110 points scored, setting a new school record as it topped the previous mark of 105 scored by Jack Hill in 1956, and only the second 100-point scorer... Set another school record with 18 total TD's, breaking the previous mark of 16 done three times, by White in 2001, Abu Wilson in 1996 and Roy Shivers in 1965... With 13 rushing TD's, tied for No. 7 on USU's single-season rushing TD list with two marks by White, with 13 TD's in both 2001 and 2000, as well as Tom Larscheid in 1960.
Posted a 6.3 ypc average, ranking tied for third on the single-season list with Larscheid's average in 1961... Accounted for 183 yards of total offense with 113 yards rushing and 70 yards receiving for three rushing and two receiving TD's in win over Idaho, earning WAC Offensive Player of the Week honors on Nov. 30, USU's first WAC offensive award and the Aggies' first offensive conference weekly honor since QB Travis Cox earned the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week accolade on Nov. 22, 2004... Scampered for school-record 96-yard TD run vs. Utah in season-opener, topping previous school-record of 95-yards by Percy Hanson in 1920... Tied the longest offensive play in school history, matching a Craig Bradshaw to Fred Fernandes 96-yard pass play vs. Arizona State in 1979... Broke the longest individual school record and Hanson held the second-oldest school record... The oldest school record is the team winning margin (136-0 over Idaho State in 1919)... It was the first TD run of over 80 yards by an Aggie since Marvin Jackson's 88-yard scoring scamper vs. Fresno State in 1980, breaking the longest record on USU's "Last Time" list... Posted seven 100-yard outings, the most since White also had seven in 2001... Amassed career-best 190 yards in San Jose State game... Scored at least one rushing TD in nine games, led by the career-high three in Idaho game while scoring two each in Hawai'i and SJSU games... Tallied 116 receiving yards in Southern Utah game to become only the second USU running back with a 100-yard receiving outing, only other done by White on Nov. 4, 2000, part of his NCAA record-setting 578 all-purpose yards, and the only other-time for a 100-yard rushing and 100-yard receiving outing in the same game as White in that same game... Combined with fellow running back Michael Smith's 100 yards rushing to become the first USU running back tandem to both rush for 100 yards since 1989... Had four 20+ carry outings with career-most 24 in New Mexico State, SJSU and Idaho games... Posted at least one catch in 10 games, led by career-high six at Hawai'i.
Played in all 12 games, making six starts... Was second on team with 499 yards rushing (40.4 ypg / 4.6 ypg), ranking 12th in the WAC in rushing... Was tied for ninth in the conference in scoring, with 5.0 ppg on 10 total TD's, scoring eight rushing TD's and two receiving TD's... The eight rushing TD's were the most since Emmett White's 13 rushing scores in 2001... With three rushing TD's vs. Louisiana Tech, became the first USU RB to have three rushing TD's in one game since White had three on Nov. 17, 2001 against Weber State... The last three-rushing TD outing against a Division I team was also by White, against Arkansas State on Oct. 28, 2000... Also ranked fourth on the team in receiving with 256 yards, ranking tied for third with 20 receptions... Had season-high 123 yards rushing vs. Idaho, for USU's lone 100-yard rushing outing of the season... Added 99 yards at LA Tech... Had season-long rush of 49 yards in Idaho game... Tied with Diondre Borel for team lead in rushing explosives of over 20 yards with five, including three of 40 yards or more... Added five receiving explosives with a long of 29 yards, which went for a TD in Boise State game... Had total of 20 catches for 256 yards (12.8 ypc) with two TD's.
Granted medical redshirt due to foot injury... Saw action in only one game, tallying three carries for 17 yards with a long of 12 at Oklahoma.
A first-team all-league running back as well as an all-league defensive back as a senior... Earned the league Defensive Player of the Year award... Also earned first-team all-metro honors offensively and defensively... Rushed 143 times for 1,232 yards and 14 touchdowns and had nine receptions for 103 yards... Defensively, he recorded six interceptions... Also a two-year letterwinner in basketball as well as track & field.
Born Dec. 2, 1989 in Oakland, Calif... Son of Ronald Turbin and Lovie Mae Jones... Has two brothers and two sisters... Majoring in sociology with minor in business management... Hobbies include playing basketball and music.
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11/25/15 - RB Robert Turbin is happy and thankful to be with the Cowboys and the team is happy to have him. He has finally given them a complementary change-of-pace back to pair with starter Darren McFadden.
Turbin showed as much in gaining 35 yards on seven carries, including a 17-yard run, against the Dolphins last Sunday. He did that after just three days with the team and by memorizing the Cowboys' playbook and audibles.
"He's been impressive right from the start. You can tell he's a pro," head coach Jason Garrett said. "He's a physical football player. He did a good job running the ball downhill and was pretty good in protection, too."
Turbin was released by the Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns this season.
"I shed a couple of tears watching games on Sunday the last couple of weeks," Turbin said. "This team still has dreams and I'm just blessed to have an opportunity to try and help them. I've played in games to decide the division and home field. I've played in playoff games and I hope I can help this team reach its goal this season."
11/19/15 - RB Robert Turbin was signed to the team to give the Cowboys another veteran running back behind Darren McFadden after Christine Michael was released on Tuesday.
The four-year veteran has appeared in 50 career games with the Seahawks and Browns, rushing 249 times for 988 yards.
The Seahawks waived Turbin before the season with an injury settlement after he suffered a high ankle sprain in the third preseason game. The Browns claimed him, and he spent five weeks recovering from the injury. In three games with Cleveland this season he had 18 carries for 60 yards.
11/10/15 - RB Robert Turbin was placed on waivers by the Browns Tuesday (Nov. 10). Turbin appeared in three games and rushed for 60 yards on 18 carries after joining the Browns via waivers on Sept. 10. He also caught two passes for eight yards.
10/07/15 - RB Robert Turbin (ankle) was limited in practice and is on a pitch count.
09/30/15 - RB Robert Turbin (ankle) did not practice.