Saw action in 12 games as a punt and kick returner ... returned 15 punts for a total of 64 yards and an average of 4.3 yards per return with a long of 31 yards against Rice ... ranks third in The American Athletic Conference with his 4.3 average ... also had four kick returns for a total of 78 yards and an average of 19.5 yards per return with a long of 21 yards vs. BYU.
Made the switch from receiver to linebacker prior to the start of fall practice ... played in nine games on special teams ... was second on the team with nine punt returns for 33 yards ... returned two kickoffs for 42 yards ... moved back to receiver at the conclusion of the season.
Explosive young player that was a reserve defensive back and special teams performer ... Returned five punts, including a 76-yarder at Tulane for a score ... Averaged 21.6 yards per return and enjoyed a 25-yard punt return in the season-opening win against UCLA ... Recorded five tackles on defense, including two stops against Marshall ... Added solo stops against East Carolina, Rice and at UAB.
First-team 13-5A all-district as a senior in 2009 ... third-team all-state ... Klein High (Texas) team captain ... all-purpose player threw for a touchdown, ran for three TDs, caught four touchdown passes, had three interceptions and returned a punt for a touchdown in his senior year ... earned four letters in football.
Son of Kenneth Payne and Angela Williams ... Father played football for Pitt ... Mother ran track for Prairie View A&M ... Has two brothers ... Brother Kendrick played defensive line at Cal ... Uncle Harvey Williams had an eight-year NFL career (1991-98) with the Chiefs and Raiders ... Other relatives who played in the NFL include Gerald and Grant Irons ... Sociology major ... Full name is Damian Le Marque Payne ... Born May 30, 1992.
Damian Payne's Career Bests
Tackles:2, Marshall (2011)
Long Punt Return:76, Tulane (2011)
Long Kickoff Return:21, BYU (2013)