Sizing up Robert Turbin

Utah St running back Robert Turbin runs in a touchdown during the first quarter of the NCAA college football game against Hawaii, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009 in Honolulu.

A closer look at fourth-round draft choice Robert Turbin:

Pick: No. 11 in the round, No. 106 overall.

Pertinent information: 5 feet 10, 222 pounds. … Was the WAC player of the year last season, when he ran for 1,517 yards and set school single-season records for rushing touchdowns (19) and total TDs (23). … Sat out the 2010 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee during a January conditioning program. … Played at Irvington High School in Fremont, Calif., where he was Oakland Section Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 on a 2-7-1 team and also lettered in basketball and track. … Born Dec. 2, 1989 in Oakland, Calif.

What he brings: The physical style the Seahawks were looking for to complement and spell leading rusher Marshawn Lynch. When Lynch could not play against the Bengals last season because of back spasms, the Seahawks scored three points and rushed for 65 yards in a three-point loss to the Bengals.

Where he fits: See above, as Turbin steps into a mix that already includes Lynch and counterpunch runner Leon Washington.

What they’re saying: “Turbin demonstrated future NFL-caliber talent in rushing for 499 yards and a team-leading eight touchdowns as a redshirt freshman in 2008. He caught the attention of NFL scouts a year later with an eye-popping 18 touchdowns and 1,296 rushing yards in just 11 starts.” – NFLDraftScout.com

What he’s saying: “I’m a balanced back. What I mean by that is that I can do a little bit of everything, not only running the ball inside, but I can run the ball outside, and catch the ball out of the backfield, and line up at receiver at times and run intermediate routes from the slot position, maybe from the outside if I’m asked to. I can do special teams. Pretty much whatever I am asked to do. My skill set is pretty board and wide, so I’m able to do a lot of different things on the football field.”


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