Robert Turbin to enter draft

Updated: December 23, 2011, 11:04 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Utah State running back Robert Turbin announced Friday on his Twitter account that he is leaving school early to enter the NFL draft.

Turbin, the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, was 10th in the nation in rushing this past season with 1,517 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Turbin, who helped lead the Aggies to their first bowl game apperance in 14 years, tweeted the following message:

"I'd like to Thank all the fans of Utah state for all ur support thru wins n losses, and thru injuries and health.. some of u already kno but after going back and forth with my decision I've decided that its best for me n my family to take the next n go pro.. I appreciate everyone who's helped me along the way and who has supported.. Utah state will continue to grow and hopefully I've left something new guys can improve on when they go in and get their opportunity."

Over his three-year career Turbin rushed for 3,315 yards and 40 touchdowns.