2010 (Junior) - Played and started in all 13 games ... had 55 total tackles, including 23 unassisted ... second among defensive linemen in tackles ... had 6.5 tackles for loss for 29 yards and a sack for 18 yards ... seven tackles and a tackle for loss vs. New Mexico ... recorded career bests with eight tackles and two tackles for loss at Army ... had two tackles in his first career start in the Northwestern State game ... recorded previous career highs in tackles in back-to-back games with five at Wyoming and six vs. Navy.
2009 (Sophomore) - Played in one game ... saw the first varsity action of his career vs. Nicholls State ... had three total tackles and a tackle for loss.
2008 (Freshman) - Played on the junior varsity.
High School - Lettered three years in football ... played in the Alabama-Mississippi all-star game ... named all-metro ... was an all-Over the Mountain selection ... member of the National Honor Society ... member of the math honor society ... high school football coach was John Grass.
Personal - Son of Taul and Stacy Payne ... has a younger brother ... majoring in systems engineering management ... member of cadet squadron 32 ... this past summer, worked Summer Seminar and Basic Cadet Training ... is the athletic and security NCO in his squadron ... his younger brother, Alex, is a walk-on linebacker at Auburn ... has been playing football for 15 years ... MTV's Two-a-Days was filmed in his hometown ... listens to Lil Wayne, Kid Cudi and Eminem before games ... credits his parents as having the greatest influence on his sports career because "they got me started and have always been there for me" ... greatest moment in sports was winning the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy last season ... favorite NFL team is the Denver Broncos ... favorite player is former teammate Ben Garland ... long-term goal is to go into the acquisitions field and later get his MBA.
Payne Career Statistics