33   Jamaal Payton
Jamaal  Payton


Bellwood, Ill.

High School:
Proviso West

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 228




Weekly Football Press Conference Quotes – Mar. 22, 2016

Carey, J. Bouagnon, S. Folliard and Levon Myers discuss NIU’s spring practices


Experienced Competitors Lead NIU Linebackers

Seasoned veterans helping new coach spawn competition in underclassmen



Huskies gain 200 yards rushing, 425 yards of total offense in loss


Huskies, Stingily, Rush Over Cardinals 35-21

NIU Gets Five Turnovers, Wins the Fourth Quarter


Rosters Set for 2014 Huskie Bowl

Game set for April 19 at 3 p.m.


NIU defeats Northwestern, 23-15

The Huskies played a dominant second-half of football in Evanston to defeat the Wildcats, 23-15.


SIGHTS & SOUNDS: NIU Football Releases New Uniforms

It seemed like just another team meeting in the McCareins Room at the Yordon Center Saturday, August 16. Take a look at behind the scenes footage of the Huskies unveiling of their new uniforms on August 16, pranking the team before revealing them.


Weekly Football Press Conference: Eastern Michigan

Week 9 football press conference with Head coach Rod Carey and players Perez Ford, Matt Krempel and Dechane Durante.


Northern Illinois Dominate Purdue, 55-24

Highlights from the Huskies historic 55-24 win over the Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium.


NIU defeats Iowa, 30-27

NIU rallied for a 30-27 victory over Iowa Saturday.

• Featured in all 14 games as NIU’s top reserve linebacker.
• Finished with 42 total tackles, 26 solo.
• Had a career-high 4.5 tackles for loss.
• Tallied 11 multi-tackle games, including 10 straight to begin the season.
• Had four or more tackles in seven games.
• Started the season with five tackles, two TFLs and a sack in the victory over UNLV (9-5), earning NIU Defensive Player of the Week.
• Posted a career-high seven tackles in the win over Eastern Michigan (10-24) with six solo stops and a TFL.
• Also had TFLs in wins over Murray State (9-12) and Buffalo (11-11).
• Made four stops in key games at Ohio State (9-19) and Toledo (11-3).


• Appeared in all 14 games with one start.
• Earned his only start of the season at middle linebacker in the MAC Championship Game victory over Bowling Green (12-5).
• Finished 10th on the team with 37 tackles, including 26 solo stops.
• Had a career-high six tackles and recovered a fumble in the MAC West clinching win at Western Michigan (11-28).
• Also recovered a fumble at Ball State (11-5).
• Made at least one tackle in 13 games with 10 multi-tackle contests.
• Tallied 1.5 tackles for loss, with a solo TFL vs. Kent State (10-4).
• Big special teams contributor, earning NIU Special Teams Player of the Week three times for his performances in the Central Michigan (10-11), Eastern Michigan (10-25) and Western Michigan (11-28) games.


• True freshman appeared in 11 games and started two at outside linebacker.
• Made 42 tackles, including 27 solo stops, on the season.
• Also broke up three passes and recorded three tackles for loss.
• Made three tackles in his first career appearance at Purdue (9-28).
• Posted five tackles in four consecutive weeks beginning at Kent State (10-5).
• Collected his first career sack versus Western Michigan (11-26).
• Made a key stop late in the Ball State game to stymie a drive.

High School
• Two-time all-state and three-time all-area and all-conference honoree.
• Awarded the team's MVP award as a junior and senior.
• Selected to the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl following the 2012 campaign.
• Posted prep career totals of 375 tackles, 16 forced fumbles, 13 pass breakups, seven interceptions, four blocked kicks and two fumble recoveries in three seasons.
• Named the Player of the Year in the West Suburban Conference's Silver Division while playing running back and linebacker.
• Gained 1,002 yards and scored 25 touchdowns on 150 carries as a senior.
• Added 150 tackles, eight forced fumbles, four passes defensed, two interceptions, two blocked kicks and a fumble recovery as a linebacker in 2012.
• Named the Silver Division's Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 with 125 tackles, five forced fumbles and four interceptions.
• Ran 120 times for 998 yards and 18 touchdowns.
• Rushed for 925 yards and 20 touchdowns, while adding 100 tackles, three forced fumbles and an interception on defense in 2010.

• Born Nov. 11, 1994, in Chicago, Ill.
• Son of Rodney and Doris Payton.
• Engineering management major.

7, vs. Eastern Michigan, 10-24-15
TFL: 2, vs. UNLV, 9-5-15
Sacks: 1, twice, last vs. UNLV, 9-5-15
Forced Fumbles: 1, at Kent State, 10-5-13
Fumble Recoveries: 1, twice, last at Western Michigan, 11-28-14

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