Post-season honors candidate on offense... named to the coaches' pre-season Conference USA first team... the only returning starter on the offensive line... explosive off the line... one of the strongest Frogs on the team... bench presses 525 pounds and squats a school record 800 pounds... has started every game in the last two seasons... played a pivotal role in the success of LaDainian Tomlinson, who rushed for over 1,800 yards in each of the last two seasons.
Finished third on the team with 170 knockdowns, including a team-best 36 knockdowns against Northwestern... had 24 knockdowns against Rice.
Started all 12 games at quick guard... did not allow a sack all season... recorded over 120 knockdown blocks.
Playing time increased late in the season... split time with Jeff Millican at guard... saw considerable action at UNLV, where the Frogs rushed for 388 yards.
Redshirted as a true freshman.
A four-year starter at Jasper High School... a two-way, all-district performer in final three years... the league's defensive player of the year as a senior... one of the state's top shot put men as a high school senior.
Victor LaSean Payne is the son of Shirley A. Payne of Jasper... born June 19, 1978... majoring in psychology.