Graduated with a general studies degree in December 2009. Payton was named the Pete Schmidt "Team Above Self" Award winner following the 2009 season. This award is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of former Indiana Assistant Head Coach Pete Schmidt, most specifically to the individual who places the Indiana Football program above himself. Payton finished his career with 909 yards, 224 attempts, a 4.1 average and seven touchdowns.
2009 (Senior): Appeared in 11 games with one start at No. 19 Penn State ... rushed for 153 yards on 40 carries (3.8 average) and one touchdown ... caught three passes for 25 yards ... also a contributor on special teams, recorded two tackles ... garnered a season-high 48 yards on eight carries against No. 24 Wisconsin ... raced for 32 yards on six attempts, including a 12-yard TD run and a 13-yard reception, at Virginia ... caught two passes for 12 yards and rushed nine times for 30 yards at No. 19 Penn State ... compiled 29 yards on five attempts in victory over Western Michigan ... selected a game captain three times ... three-time IU special teams player of the week and a member of the team's One-Play Warrior Club (special teams players of the year).
2008 (Junior): Appeared in the first nine games of the season as a reserve running back before suffering a season-ending ankle injury ... rushed for 339 yards on 79 attempts ... averaged 4.3 yards per carry and scored twice ... also caught two balls for 23 yards ... gained a season-high 77 yards on 12 carries (6.4 average) against Central Michigan ... carded 68 yards and rushed 13 times (5.2) with a 25-yard score at Illinois ... rushed for 57 yards on nine carries (6.3) against Western Kentucky ... added 42 yards in the team's victory over No. 22 (BCS) Northwestern and forced first career fumble on a kickoff return ... posted 31 yards and a touchdown vs. Murray State.
2007 (Sophomore): Finished third on the team with 381 rushing yards and 90 carries in 12 games ... averaged 4.2 yards per carry and scored four times ... added 12 receptions for 69 yards ... became the first IU running back since BenJarvus Green-Ellis in 2003 to score three TDs in a game when he did so against Minnesota ... also posted 13 rushes and a career-high 90 yards ... recorded 11 rushes for 56 yards against Indiana State, including his first career touchdown, a 7-yard rush ... gained 55 yards on 15 carries and made three catches at Northwestern ... rushed 11 times for 49 yards against Ball State ... netted 43 yards on eight carries with a pair of receptions in the Insight Bowl vs. Oklahoma State ... ran for 40 yards rushing on five carries against Illinois ... made two catches for 22 yards against Purdue.
2006 (Freshman): Played in seven games, rushing for 36 yards on 15 carries ... had four carries for 19 yards, including a 10-yard run, in his first career collegiate game against Western Michigan.
2005: Redshirted the 2005 season.
Prep/Personal: Rushed for 1,236 yards and 11 touchdowns at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy for head coach John Shuman ... as a senior at Concordia Lutheran (Ind.) High School (2003), Payton rushed for 1,600 yards, including a school-record 365 yards in one game, for head coach Dean Doerffler ... Concordia went 9-4 that season and won its first 3A sectional and regional championships ... parents are Kenneth and Bernadine Payton ... born on Sept. 21, 1985, Bryan Douglas Payton is a general studies major ... also wrote for the Indiana Daily Student, IU's student paper.