3  Fred Payne
Fred  Payne

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Gainesville, Ga.

High School:
Gainesville HS

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 185

Position:
DB


04/18/2015

Purple Defeats Gold in Defensive Football Spring Game, 21-14

Darius Ramsey rushes for 114 yards, two TDs to highlight scrimmage

03/28/2015

Spring Practice Update #3: Saturday, March 28

WCU holds first scrimmage of 2015 spring drills

12/10/2014

Christon Gill Tabbed Third Team All-America by College Sports Madness

Senior finished with 111 tackles to lead WCU, ranks second in SoCon

11/22/2014

Troy Mitchell Sets Total Yards Record in 48-14 Loss at No. 1 Alabama

Mitchell tossed two TD passes to Spearman Robinson in regular season closing loss

11/01/2014

Catamounts Fall to No. 12 Chattanooga in Battle of SoCon Unbeatens

WCU returns to conference play next Saturday at Samford

11/01/2014

Western Carolina Football vs. Chattanooga

Western Carolina Football vs. Chattanooga

2014 (Sophomore): Started all 12 games in the defensive secondary between cornerback and safety … Was fifth on the WCU squad with 68 total tackles including 33 solo stops and one TFL … Charted tackles in each game with three-or-more hits recorded in 11 of the 12 games on the year … Tallied a career-high nine tackles three times during the season including at home against The Citadel (Oct. 25) and Chattanooga (Nov. 1) and again at top-ranked Alabama (Nov. 22) … Recorded five pass break-ups … Made his first career interception at Furman (Sept. 27), returning the pick 11 yards … Named to the 2014 Fall Academic All-Southern Conference team and to the 2014-15 Southern Conference Honor Roll … Playing for the Purple squad, recorded four tackles in WCU’s annual Spring Game.

2013 (Freshman):
Played in all 12 games on the season with one appearance in the starting lineup coming at Chattanooga ... Made his collegiate debut in the season-opener at Middle Tennessee State, tallying his first career tackle ... Credited with 11 seasonal tackles including seven solo stops ... Recorded a then career-high four tackles twice including four at Chattanooga and at Appalachian State ... Tallied his first career interception against SEC-foe, Auburn, picking off a Jeremy Johnson pass over the middle, pulling it away from the receiver ... Also recovered a fumble against the Tigers ... Named to the 2013-14 Southern Conference Honor Roll ... Blocked a field goal attempt during WCU's annual Spring Game.

Prior to Western Carolina: A four-year varsity letter winner, credited with 360 career tackles with 14 interceptions and a quarterback sack ... Was a two-time first team All-Area selection and earned All-State in his final season ... As a senior, posted a career-high 121 tackles and five INTs while also catching five passes for 296 yards and four touchdowns ... Had a 90-yard kickoff return for a TD against Apalachee High ... Returned an interception 72 yards and a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown in a state playoff game ... Additionally tallied five receptions for 296 yards and four receiving touchdowns in his final season as a prep ... Finished with a career-best 136 total tackles including 88 solo stops as a junior ... Listed as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com.

Personal: Full name is Fredtavious Diquan Payne ... Is the son of Anita Harrison, grandmother Edith Williams and aunt, Crystal Wilmont ... Has two siblings - Anika Carrington and Nikita Payne ... His cousin, A.J. Johnson, plays football at Tennessee ... Worked as a mentor and volunteered with local elementary schools and the Boys & Girls Club.

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