Utah State running back Robert Turbin will return to campus as analyst for UNLV game

Turbin was inducted to the Utah State Hall of Fame in April.

Seattle Seahawks running back Robert Turbin tosses a football as he warms up before NFL football practice, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Robert Turbin was looking for an apartment.

Back when the former Utah State running back was still in college, Turbin wanted to move out of the dorms on campus and into a new place in Logan.

Then, on 400 East, he saw a complex that spoke to him: Legacy Village.

“I lived there because of its name,” Turbin recalled this week. “I didn’t care how nice the apartment was or the whatever. They were a little bit more expensive and I probably should’ve chosen otherwise because of that.

“But I wanted to leave a legacy. I wanted to be the best that I could be, one of the best ever at Utah State, and I wanted to attach myself to that word as much as possible.”

Leave a legacy he did, and now the Aggie legend will be back on campus this weekend.

Turbin will go back to Maverik Stadium this weekend as the Aggies take on UNLV, but as an analyst for CBS Sports Network.

Turbin played for the Aggies from 2007-11 before spending a seven-year NFL career playing for the Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts.

Turbin was inducted to the Utah State Hall of Fame in April. He holds the Aggies record for most touchdowns in a game (five), season (23) and career (51). He holds the all-time record for most rushing touchdowns in a season (19) and is tied with Abu Wilson for most in a career (40).

He also has the longest running play ever in USU history — a 96-yard touchdown against the University of Utah.

“Just being recognized individually, it’s a dream come true,” Turbin said of his induction. “I don’t know if I necessarily dreamt that, but it was definitely a surreal feeling.”

Turbin looks back fondly at this time in Logan. He even credits his success as a running back to the school.

“Utah State supported my dream of being a running back,” Turbin said. “There were other schools that were interested in me, but they wanted me for the defensive side of the ball, which was OK. But my dream was to be Barry Sanders.”

Aside from working out as much as possible during his Utah State days, Turbin remembered eating breakfast at Angie’s, a favorite diner among locals, and frequenting the movies but sneaking in through the back door because he and his teammates didn’t have disposable income. He said he tried snowboarding just once because he “broke the board and almost broke myself.”

Although Turbin will be at the Aggies game in a professional capacity, he was not shy about admitting that he will be rooting for them to beat UNLV.

“I’ll share it on air for all the listeners, I don’t care,” Turbin said. “They know what time it is.”