The next player on the Top 25 countdown might not play this year, but his potential was enough to warrant a spot on the list.
No. 23: Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State
2009 numbers: Was third in the WAC and 20th in the country in rushing with 1,296 yards and 13 touchdowns on 207 carries.
Making the case for Turbin: Turbin was one of the great surprises from a year ago, but after suffering a torn ACL in January, questions linger about whether he’ll be able to return for 2010. Still, the possibility of him coming back warranted a spot on this list since he has the opportunity to be one of the best running backs in the WAC and the country. Turbin set a school record for most touchdowns and most points scored last season and was his team's most effective offensive weapon. He won’t play this year unless he can regain his 2009 form, but if he doesn’t see the field, he’ll still have two years of eligibility remaining.