Southern Miss opens the 2016 season by registering the largest comeback in school history at Kentucky.
The Golden Eagles entertain Marshall at home Saturday at 6 p.m., for homecoming.
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
Game time is 6 p.m., at The Rock.
2016 (RS Junior): Returned to full health in a big way, rushing for 496 yards on 103 carries in his 13 games played ... Crossed the century mark in each of his first two games of the season (16 for 100, 14 for 116 against Kentucky and Savannah State, respectively) ... Accomplished that feat alongside Ito Smith, and the duo became the first to earn that distinction since 2008 ... Had 11 carries each against LSU and Marshall ... Longest catch of the year was a 31-yard haul versus Charlotte.
2015 (Junior): Missed entire year after preseason injury.
2014 (Sophomore): Played in 10 games, making a pair of starts on the season ... Made first collegiate start at home against Rice ... Rushed for 271 yards and added 109 yards receiving for 380 all-purpose yards ... Notched six touchdowns rushing and added a receiving TD ... Had a season-high 89 yards on the ground at Middle Tennessee ... Added 67 yards on the ground at North Texas ... Had a season-best 51 yards receiving against Middle Tennessee, while adding 31 yards versus Appalachian State ... Recorded touchdowns in five consecutive games -- App State, Rice, Middle Tennessee, North Texas and Louisiana Tech ... Accounted for all three touchdowns in a 21-20 victory over App State, rushing for a pair of scores and catching a 31-yard TD pass.
2013 (Freshman): Named to the 2013-14 Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll ... Played in five of 12 games during the season ... Made collegiate debut on the road at East Carolina ... Finished inaugural season with 43 carries for 173 yards and a touchdown ... Had a season-high 46 yards against Marshall ... Had 44 yards with a touchdown against North Texas ... Had a season-long run of 25 yards against Louisiana Tech ... Scored first rushing touchdown of the season for the Golden Eagles.
High School: Played for coach John Beverly at St. Luke's Episcopal School ... Ran for 2,424 yards and 34 touchdowns during senior campaign ... Named to the Mobile Press-Register's All-Region first team ... Finalist for the Class 1A Running Back of the Year Award ... Helped the Wildcats to their first playoff appearance in school history ... Became the school's first Division I football signee.
Personal: Full name is George Michael Payne ... Son of Pamela and Michael Payne ... Has an older brother, Chase Sullivan ... Born on Aug. 28, 1995 in Mobile, Ala. ... Undeclared major.