Feb. 21, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Former Utah State football players Bobby Wagner and Robert Turbin will be among more than 300 top prospects in action this weekend in the National Football League Draft Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The seven-day event starts Wednesday with the first three groups of special teams, offensive linemen and tight ends in action. Turbin and the other running backs are in group six and start on Thursday, while Wagner and the other linebackers are in group nine and get going on Friday.
"This is a huge week. A lot of things go into this week with the combine, it can either raise or drop the stock of a player," Turbin said. "I've been doing everything I can to get ready. I've been training at Athletes' Performance in Arizona and I feel very prepared for everything, they've done a great job of helping me get to this point."
Fans can follow the event on NFL.com and NFL Network. The NFL Network can be seen on Comcast Ch. 180 or 675 HD in Cache Valley, as well as Ch. 154 on Dish Network or Ch. 212 on DirectTV. Fans should contact their local cable provider for more information.
"I'm very blessed and extremely honored to be invited to the Combine," Wagner said. "It is a dream come true and I'm excited to make the most of this opportunity. I'm honored to represent Utah State on this national stage and try to prove that players from small schools can shine as much as anyone else. I've been working extremely hard for this weekend and am going to give it everything I've got."
This is the second-straight year Utah State has been represented in the NFL Combine, as cornerback Curtis Marsh was invited to the event last year. Marsh was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 26th pick of the third round, the 90th overall selection, in last year's NFL Draft.
The 2012 NFL Draft is Thursday-Saturday, April 26-28, with the first round taking place Thursday, April 26, followed by the second and third rounds on Friday, April 27. Rounds 4-7 will be held Saturday, April 28.
Utah State posted a historic season with a 7-6 record, its first seven-win season since 1993, capping its season with its first bowl appearance since 1997 with a trip to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, losing to Ohio in a 24-23 thriller. Five of USU's losses were by one score or less, and 10 of the Aggies' games were decided by one score this season which were the most in the nation.
Utah State football season ticket renewals and new sales for the 2012 season are available at 2011's prices until May 1. Renewals are available online 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on the "buy/renew tickets" under the "tickets" drop down menu. Fans interested in new sales should contact the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305.
Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball or on the USU football blog at usufootball.wordpress.com. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.
ABOUT Robert Turbin
Turbin, a native of Fremont, Calif. (Irvington HS), was named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year. He rushed for 1,517 yards during his junior season of 2011, becoming just the third Aggie running back with 1,500 yards, finishing No. 3 on the list behind record-holder Demario Brown (1999) with 1,536 yards and Louie Giammona (1974) with 1,534 yards. The 1,517 rushing yards is No. 15 on the WAC's single-season rushing list.
In his final game as an Aggie, Turbin rushed for 101 yards in USU's loss to Ohio in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The 101 yards was Turbin's eighth 100-yard outing of the season and 16th of his career, ranking among the top 10 active running backs in the country.
On the year, Turbin scored a USU record 19 rushing TD's, adding four receiving scores for 23 total TD's and 138 total points on the season, also USU single-season records. The 138 total points is No. 7 on the WAC single-season scoring list, just behind Marshall Faulk's 140 points in 1991 at San Diego State.
Beginning his career in 2007, Turbin saw action in one game before suffering a foot injury and redshirting the season. He played in 12 games in both 2008 and 2009, before suffering a knee injury in the offseason, missing the 2010 season, before returning to form in 2010. Ending his USU career with 3,315 rushing yards, Turbin holds the No. 5 spot on USU's Career Rushing list and No. 19 on the WAC's Career Rushing list. Turbin tied the USU career rushing TD record with 40 scores, matching Abu Wilson (1992, 94-96), and the 40 career rushing TDs ranks No. 10 on the WAC's career rushing score list. For his career, Turbin also set USU records with 51 total TDs and 308 career points scored, ranking tied for No. 6 on the WAC's career total TD list and No. 13 on the league's career scoring list.
In addition to being the WAC's Offensive Player of the Year, Turbin also earned first-team all-WAC honors this season, and also earned all-WAC accolades from several different national publications. Turbin was on the preseason watch list for the Doak Walker Award, honoring the nation's best running back.
ABOUT Bobby Wagner
Wagner, a native of Ontario, Calif. (Colony HS), was named the North's Most Outstanding Player of the 2012 Senior Bowl on Jan. 28, after he helped the North to a 23-13 win over the South at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. Wagner snared an interception and lead the North with seven tackles, tying for game-high honors with Antonio Allen of the South team. One of Wagner's seven tackles was for a loss and he also had a pass break-up at the goal line in a similar play that he snared an interception in double overtime to seal USU's win at Idaho this season.
In 2011, Wagner led the WAC and ranked eighth in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in tackles with 11.3 per game, ranking tied for third in the FBS in total tackles with 147 on the season. Wagner earned first-team all-WAC accolades for the third-straight season and was a strong candidate for the WAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. In the Aggies' 13 games this season, Wagner posted nine double-digit tackle outings, highlighted by a career-high 20 stops against Louisiana Tech on Oct. 22, while adding 18 stops against Colorado State on Sept. 24.
Wagner also led the USU defensive unit with 11.5 tackles for loss, adding four sacks and also led the Aggies with two interceptions, snaring one in the Wyoming game and the second sealed USU's wild double-overtime win at Idaho, ending the game with a pick at the goal line on Idaho's final possession. Wagner also had one fumble recovery on the season, which came in USU's bowl eligibility-clinching win over Nevada. It came on a 4th-and-1 play from the USU 12 with just over five minutes left, as Nevada was driving for the go-ahead score. Wolf Pack QB Tyler Lantrip ran an option play, and had the first down, but was stripped of the football and Wagner recovered the thwart the threat and send USU bowl bound. Wagner posted a total of 15 tackles in the Nevada game, including half a tackle for loss, earning WAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
With 147 tackles on the season, Wagner ascended both USU's and the WAC's Single-Season Tackles list, finishing at No. 5 on the Aggies' yearly list and No. 7 on the WAC's season list.
For his career, Wagner ended with 446 tackles as an Aggie, the most in the WAC since 1999 and tied for the USU record since 1979. Wagner is just the third Aggie since 1979 and the fourth WAC player since 1999 to reach the 400 tackle milestone.
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