33   Jamaal Payton
Jamaal  Payton

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Bellwood, IL

High School:
Proviso West

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 226

Position:
LB

Experience:
2L


08/12/2015

Experienced Competitors Fuel NIU Linebackers

Seasoned veterans helping new coach spawn competition in underclassmen

12/23/2014

NIU HUSKIES FALL TO MARSHALL IN BOCA RATON BOWL, 52-23

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

11/06/2014

Huskies, Stingily, Rush Over Cardinals 35-21

NIU Gets Five Turnovers, Wins the Fourth Quarter

04/09/2014

Rosters Set for 2014 Huskie Bowl

Game set for April 19 at 3 p.m.

03/17/2014

Huskies Open Spring Football Practice Tuesday

Individual development key to team growth

09/08/2014

NIU defeats Northwestern, 23-15

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

08/18/2014

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.

10/22/2013

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.

09/30/2013

Northern Illinois Dominate Purdue, 55-24

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

09/01/2013

NIU defeats Iowa, 30-27

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

2014
• 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.

2013

• 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.

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

PAYTON'S SINGLE GAME CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 6, vs. Bowling Green, MAC Championship Game, 12-5-14.
TFL:1, at Kent State, 10-4-14

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