Robert Turbin

Former Utah State running back Robert Turbin runs a drill at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last Sunday. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Former Utah State running back Robert Turbin gave it everything he had at last week’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

“I left everything out there that I had in me,” Turbin told The Herald Journal. “I kind of felt like I played a triple-overtime football game. I really didn’t have anything left once I was done with the combine and with that, hopefully I did some things that some teams admired and rose my stock.”

Turbin, the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, was thrilled with the opportunity to take part in the combine.

“The combine was a great experience,” he said. “Most of the days you were up at 5:30 or 6 o’clock (in the morning) and really didn’t get back to the hotel until maybe 11 (at night), so you’re up all day. For some guys, they got tired. I think I did a decent job kind of maintaining the edge throughout the day; I kind of paced myself a little bit. But all that stuff is fun.

“I tried to do my best to take advantage of every opportunity that came my way. It was nice to see some coaches and talk to some teams, see some of the other guys that you saw play on TV and interact with them. It was good.”

His numbers sure were good.

Turbin measured in at 5-foot-10 and 222 pounds. During the bench press portion of the combine, the former Aggie put up a stellar 28 reps, tying fellow running back Doug Martin of Boise State.

“I did 30 reps and they took two from me,” Turbin said. “They told me I didn’t lock all they way out on two of them, so it was 28. But it was still the best out of all the other running backs that did the bench press.”

The average number of reps among running backs was 20. Turbin’s total was also more than 29 offensive lineman, including former BYU left tackle Matt Reynolds, who put up 25.

Turbin also outperformed 15 defensive linemen on the bench press, including former Utah Ute Derrick Shelby, who had 26 reps.

Turbin’s official 40-yard dash time was a 4.50, but he turned in unofficial times of 4.44 and 4.40 to rank ninth among the 28 running backs at the combine.

“I felt prepared, I felt like I was ready to take on those drills and ready to do the 40 and ready to do the bench press,” Turbin said. “Hopefully, I did enough as far as my numbers to turn some heads.”

Turbin’s good friend and former teammate at USU, linebacker Bobby Wagner, was also supposed to take part in the combine. However, Wagner was hospitalized with pneumonia and could not participate.

Wagner is doing much better, Turbin said.

“He’s doing good, he’s doing great,” Turbin said. “He’s up on his feet, he’s walking around, he’s energetic, he looks good. He’s in California now, too, with his family, but he’ll be back in Arizona sometime later on this week.”

Turbin is currently in California spending time with family, but will soon return to Arizona where he will continue working out at the Athletes’ Performance Institute in Phoenix.

“I’ll be in Arizona and then March 6, I’ll be in Utah from the sixth until the ninth,” Turbin said. “I’ll do the Pro Day (at USU on March 8) and then I’ll go back to Arizona and train until April.”

According to, Turbin is currently the No. 13 running back prospect (140th overall) — as of Wednesday. On Tuesday, he was the 15th-rated running back (151 overall).

That same website also says Turbin is expected to be selected in the fourth round of the NFL draft.

“Hopefully a lot better than that,” Turbin said. “We’ll see.”

In what proved to be his final season with the Aggies, Turbin rushed for 1,517 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2011 as a junior. He helped lead USU to a 7-6 record and berth in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Sanford joining USU

Former UNLV head coach Mike Sanford is reportedly headed to USU to become the Aggies’ running backs/tight ends coach.

According to, the website reported last Friday that USU was in talks with Sanford about becoming an offensive assistant.

Sanford will replace Ilaisa Tuiaki, who left to join Kyle Whittingham's staff at Utah.

USU has not officially announced Sanford’s hire yet, however.

Sanford spent the 2010 and part of the 2011 season at Louisville. Prior to his brief stint with the Cardinals, he spent five seasons as the head coach at UNLV, compiling a 16-43 overall record.

Sanford was Utah’s offensive coordinator in 2004, when the Utes went 12-0 and beat Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl.


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