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.
NIU rallied for a 30-27 victory over Iowa Saturday.
2014: Compiled 37 tackles, 26 solo, at linebacker in 2014. Also has 1.5 tackles for loss. Tied for the team lead with two fumble recoveries. Set a career high with six tackles against Western Michigan. Recovered his second fumble of the year by falling on a fumbled kick return against the Broncos, helping him earn NIU Special Teams Player of the Week honors.. Recovered his first career fumble at Ball State, helping set up an NIU touchdown. Added four tackles against the Cardinals. Tallied three stops, including one for a loss, against Kent State. Opened the year with four stops against Presbyterian. Recorded multiple tackles in each of the last six games. Had an assisted TFL as part of a three-tackle day at Eastern Michigan.
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. Wants to major in industrial engineering.
PAYTON'S SINGLE GAME CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 5, four times, last vs. Eastern Michigan, 10-26-13 TFL:1, at Kent State, 10-4-14