Team practiced in shoulder pads for the first time Thursday
First team offense edges defense; second team defense wins over the offense
WCU held its first scrimmage of its annual spring drills on Saturday
Adams unanimous SoCon Freshman of the Year; Newsome, Berryman on both teams
Junior RB rushes for school-benchmark 277 yards, finishes with 347 all-purpose
2016 (Freshman): Played in 10 of the team's 11 games with six starts, five coming in the final six games of the season ... Recorded 14 receptions for 123 yards ... Made his first collegiate reception against ETSU (Sept. 17) in a game played at the Bristol Motor Speedway ... Caught a career-best six passes for a career-high 44 yards at Mercer (Oct. 15) ... Scored his first two career points on a two-point conversion against Chattanooga (Oct. 28) ... Added two solo tackles ... Named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team on offense ... Pulled down a team-best six catches for 60 yards and a five-yard touchdown reception in WCU's annual Spring Game.
Prior to Western Carolina: Two-time first team all-region selection ... Received second team Class AAAA All-State honors from the Georgia Sports Writers Association, as well as first team All-Metro ... Had 30 receptions for 575 yards and five TDs as a senior ... Was a five-time player of the week selection including three as a senior ... As a junior, caught 15 passes for 209 yards with an average of 13.9 yards per reception with five touchdowns ... Also had 21 tackles with a sack as a defensive end ... Listed as a two-star athlete by both Rivals.com and 247Sports.com ... High school coach was Clint Satterfield.
Personal: Full name is Aubry William Payne ... Is the son of Scott Payne and Jennifer Prater ... Has four siblings; Ashtin Prater, Triston Payne, Robbie Prater and Mitchell Prater.