2005: As a redshirt freshman, the lightning-fast Payne played in six games and drew two starts ... Had six receptions for 35 yards on the season ... Hauled in a career-high five passes for 35 yards in first career start at SMU ... Also had one reception for no yards at Oklahoma ... Did not play in season's final four games (coaches decision) ... Played 67 snaps to earn first varsity letter.
2004: Elected to sit out the season as a redshirt.
High School: La Marque High School, La Marque, Texas ... One of two members of the Cougars' 16-0 and 2003 Class 4A Division II state championship squad to sign with the Bears, Payne was a two-time all-district and All-Galveston County performer as a prep ... Hauled in 96 passes for 1,472 yards and 16 touchdowns over his final two seasons while helping the Cougars to a 27-3 record ... Had 52 receptions for 859 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior en route to unanimous all-district honors and a place on the All-Galveston County team ... Caught 44 balls for 613 yards and three scores as a junior when La Marque finished 11-3 and reached the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A Division II playoffs ... National Honor Society member ... Three-year letterwinner in football also picked up a pair of letters on the baseball diamond ... Selected Baylor over SMU, Brigham Young and Iowa State ... Coached by Bryan Erwin at the District 23-4A school.
Personal: The son of Robert Payne Jr., and Tanya Payne, Robert Nathaniel Payne III was born Sept. 19, 1985, in Galveston, Texas ... Speech communications major.
Payne's Single-Game Bests
Receptions: 5 at SMU, Sept. 3, 2005 (35 yards)
Receiving Yards: 35 at SMU, Sept. 3, 2005 (5 rec.)
Payne's Career Statistics
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