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    Payton Williams
    Payton Williams

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Moreno Valley, Calif.

    High School:
    Moreno Valley

    Height / Weight:
    5-8 / 175

    Position:
    Defensive Back

    Birthdate:
    11/19/1978

    Major:
    Sociology

    Fresno State: Senior listed #1 at one cornerback position entering the fall ...an intelligent player who can cover the field ? represented Fresno State at the NCAA Leadership Convention in Orlando this past May. (1998) Stared every game except BYU where he was out with an injury ? totaled 47 tackles (28 solo) and added a team-leading three interceptions ? returned 24 punts for 343 yards, including a 66-yard return for a touchdown against UTEP, the first of his career ? tied for the team lead with four pass breakups ? had a season-high nine tackles (all solo ) at New Mexico ? earned GTE Academic All-District honors. (1997) Played in 11 games, with two starts at corner ... recorded 38 tackles (23 solos) ... had three quarterback sacks, one pass breakup and one interception on the season ... was nominated for Academic-All America honors. (1996) Earned valuable playing time as a true freshman, seeing time on special teams and as a backup cornerback ... totaled eight tackles and one fumble recovery ... earned Fresno State Scholar-Athlete honors and was a member of the Dean's List.

    High School: A 1996 graduate of Moreno Valley (Calif.) High School ... named defensive player of the year in the Sunbelt League and a first team All-Riverside County selection in 1995 ... also earned second team All-CIF Southern Section honors ... on defense, led the team with seven interceptions (including a school-record three in one game).

    Personal: Born 11-19-78 in Riverside, Calif. ... son of Gerald Cummings and Deborah Williams ... four-year member of the Honor Society in high school ... outstanding student who was a National Merit finalist ... also considered Colorado State, SDSU, Air Force.

    Bulldog Statistics

    Year   G-GS   Solo   Asst.   Total   TL-Yds.   Sacks-Yds.
    1996   11-0   5      3       8       0-0       0-0
    1997   11-2   23     15      38      0-0       3-12
    1998   10-10  28     19      47      15-4      0-0
    Totals 32-12  56     37      63      15-4      3-12
    

    Year FC PBU FR Int-Yds. TD LG 1996 0 0 1 0-0 0 ? 1997 0 1 0 1-0 0 0 1998 0 4 0 3-85 0 61 Totals 0 5 1 4-85 0 61


    Punt Returns
    Year      PRet   Yds   Avg.   TD   LR
    1997      5      64    12.8   0    31
    1998      24     343   14.3   1    66
    Totals    29     407   14.0   1    66

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