Matt Payne Athlete Profile

#38 Matt Payne

Matt Payne
Positions: Punter, Kicker Height: 6-4 Weight: 234 Roster Years: 2000-2004 Hometown: North Ogden, UT Last School: Weber High School



All-America

  • 2002 Sporting News Honorable Mention
  • 2004 AFCA First Team
  • 2004 NCAA First Team 
  • 2004 Sporting News First Team
  • 2004 AP Second Team

Personal

Parents are Gordon and Mary ... an Eagle Scout ... served a Church mission to Portland, Oregon before enrolling at BYU ... married the former Amanda Lindley ... the couple has one child ... younger brother, Mitch, signed as a kicker with BYU in 2003 ... recruited by California, Arizona, Utah, Utah State, Weber State, Washington State, Air Force and Northern Arizona.

At BYU

 

In 2002: Named as a preseason second-team All-MWC selection by Phil Steele.


In 2001: Competed in all 14 games for the Cougars as a freshman... earned All-Academic MWC honors... a 2001 Cougar Club Academic Award recipient... earned MWC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week honors after nailing a 25-yard field goal as time expired to give BYU a 41-38 victory at Mississippi State... also connected on a 42-yard field goal in the third quarter at MSU to pull the Cougars to within a touchdown... made 73-of-76 point-after attempts, setting an NCAA record for most point-after attempts (76)... ranked second on the BYU roster in scoring, posting 109 points on the season... tied a BYU single-game record with 10 successful extra-point attempts (vs. Tulane)... connected on 33 straight PATs during the season... posted five or more successful PATs in nine different games this season... was 12-of-17 on field goal attempts... posted a season-high 50-yard field goal at UNLV... was four-of-six on field goal attempts between 40-49 yards... was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goal attempts between 30-39 yards.


In 2000: Redshirted

 

Before BYU

Lettered in football twice and basketball and soccer three times at Weber High ... all-region, all-area and all-state selections in soccer and basketball ... coached by Kory Bosgieter (Weber State).

Stats

PAYNE's Personal Best 
Long:  53 (USC, Sept. 6, 2003)
PATs:   7 (Tulane, Aug. 25, 2001)
Punts: 10 (New Mexico, Sept. 13, 2003)
Long:  76 (San Diego State, Nov. 2, 2002)
PAYNE's Career Stats
Year   Gms   Punts   Yds   Avg   FG.Att-Mde   LONG   X-pts.Att-Mde
2001   13      1       45  45.0      17-12     50           76-73
2002   12     51     2427  47.6      13-16     52           30-27
2003   12     78     3433  44.0      18-14     53           20-20
Total  37    130     5905  45.4      48-42     53         126-120


2000 | Redshirt Year

Redshirted.

2001 | Freshman Year

Competed in all 14 games for the Cougars as a freshman ... earned All-Academic MWC honors ... a 2001 Cougar Club Academic Award recipient ... earned MWC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week honors after nailing a 25-yard field goal as time expired to give BYU a 41-38 victory at Mississippi State ... also connected on a 42-yard field goal in the third quarter at MSU to pull the Cougars to within a touchdown ... made 73-of-76 point-after attempts, setting an NCAA record for most point-after attempts (76) ... ranked second on the BYU roster in scoring, posting 109 points on the season ... tied a BYU single-game record with 10 successful extra-point attempts (vs. Tulane) ... connected on 33 straight PATs during the season ... posted five or more successful PATs in nine different games this season... was 12-of-17 on field goal attempts ... posted a season-high 50-yard field goal at UNLV ... was four-of-six on field goal attempts between 40-49 yards ... was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goal attempts between 30-39 yards.

2002 | Sophomore Year

Earned All-MWC First Team honors ... garnered post-season All-America honorable mention recognition ... a Phil Steele's College Football Preview second-team All-MWC selection ... named team's Special Teams Most Valuable Player ... ranked second nationally with 51 punts for an average 47.6 yards per punt ... posted a season long punt of 76 yards against San Diego State ... also recorded punts of 70 (vs. Syracuse), 72 (vs. Nevada), 64 (vs. Hawaii) and 63 (vs. Wyoming) ... credited with 21 punts of 50 yards or more, including 4 50-yarders against New Mexico ... landed 11 punts inside the 20-yardline ... pinned Nevada inside its own 20-yardline 3 different times ... credited with a 28-yard run for a first down against New Mexico ... was 13-of-16 in field goal attempts, including a long of 52 yards ... earned MWC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week honors after posting a 44.4 yards-per-punt average against New Mexico, and posted three straight field goals ... was a perfect 8-for-8 from 20-39 yards ... posted a mark of 4-for-6 from 40-49 yards out ... after missing the first two field goals in the season-opener against Syracuse, connected on 13 of his next 14 field goal attempts ... was 27-of-30 on PATs.

2003 | Junior Year

A First Team All-MWC Punter and an Honorable Mention All-MWC selection at Placekicker ... saw action at both punter and kicker in all 12 games ... was listed as a candidate for both the Lou Groza and Ray Guy awards ... a preseason all-league selection ... earned preseason All-America honors ... an Athlon Sports second-team Preseason All-American ... selected by The Sporting News as a preseason second-team All-American ... listed by The Sporting News as the second-ranked punter in the nation ... led the Mountain West Conference with an average 44.0 yards per punt ... recorded at least one punt of 51 yards or more in all 12 games during the season ... credited with a season-high 67-yarder against Stanford ... also recorded a punt of 66 yards at Wyoming ... posted an average of 51.0 yards per punt in three different games, including a career-best 51.6 yards per punt at UNLV ... recorded a season-high 10 punts for 409 yards in the Cougars' 10-7 win at New Mexico, averaging 40.9 yards per punt ... recorded a total of 22 punts over 50 yards for the season ... also tallied 22 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line ... only eight punts were credited as touchbacks ... 44 of his punts were returned for an average of only 11 yards per return ... credited with 14-of-18 field goal attempts, including a long of 53 yards ... became the first kicker in BYU history to kick two 50-yard-plus field goals in a single-game (vs. No. 4 USC) ... booted a career-long 53-yard field goal against the Trojans in the first half, followed by a 52-yarder in the fourth quarter to pull the Cougars to within just three points of the Trojans with 7:05 remaining ... his 53-yard field goal against USC tied for the second longest field goal in school history ... was 3-for-3 in the Cougars' 44-36 win at San Diego State ... was also 2-for-2 in the Cougars' overtime win at UNLV, including a 50-yarder that tied the score at 13-13 with two seconds left before the half ... credited with eight tackles as a result of aggressive special teams play ... named Special Teams player of the game by the coaching staff against USC, UNM and UNLV.

2004 | Senior Year

Participated in spring drills ... is listed as the starting punter and kicker entering fall camp, marking his third straight season as the Cougars' top kicker and punter ... a 2004 Lou Groza Award candidate ... a Presason All-MWC selection ... enters the season in fifth place on BYU's all-time scoring list with 237 points.