Battled through injuries to play in all 12 games, earning five starts at running back ... Finished second on the team with 344 yards rushing on 69 carries (5.0 ypc) ... Also hauled in 23 passes for 177 yards (7.7 ypc) ... Rushed for three touchdowns and caught a TD pass on the season ... Carried the ball nine times for a season-high 65 yards against and a touchdown at Southeastern Louisiana ... Also caught four passes for 29 yards against Southeastern Louisiana ... Had nine carries for 59 yards against Oklahoma Panhandle State ... Carried the ball 10 times for 46 yards and a score at Louisiana Tech ... Rushed for a touchdown at Northwestern State and recorded his lone TD reception against Central Arkansas.
2012: Played in all 12 games after moving from linebacker to H Back ... Recorded 14 tackles on the year in special teams play ... Finished with three solo stops in 31-0 win over Langston (9/22) ... Put up a pair of tackles in 31-0 win over Prairie View A&M (9/8) and in loss to Southeastern Louisiana (9/29).
Played in 10 games and got his first career start against Central Arkansas (10/22) as a backup linebacker... Compiled 22 total tackles on the year, including 21 solos ... Blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown by teammate Adrian Guillory in Lamar's 34-26 win at Nicholls (11/12) ... Registered a season-high six tackles at Texas State (10/15), including one of his two tackles for loss on the season ... Had three tackles and a quarterback hurry in LU's 48-38 win at Southeastern Louisiana (10/1) ... Also had three-tackle contests against Texas College, UCA and Nicholls.
Played in all 11 games as a reserve linebacker ... Finished the season with 20 tackles, including three for loss and one sack ... Forced a fumble and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown, and returned a Branden Thomas blocked punt 15 yards for another touchdown, in Lamar's season-ending 44-6 win over Oklahoma Panhandle State ... Had a season-high four tackles, including his sack, vs. OPSU as well ... Opened the season with a pair of tackles at McNeese State (9/4) in his college debut.
Played for coach Jerry Stewart at Dayton High School ... Moved to quarterback for senior season after earning All-District 19-4A laurels as a wide receiver during junior season ... Completed 46 of 93 passes for 774 yards and 12 touchdowns ... Carried the ball 180 times for 1,258 yards and 21 TDs ... Added 452 receiving yards on 31 catches and scored four receiving TDs ... Voted Most Valuable Player in District 19-4A and was the Texas Prepxtra Class 4A Offensive MVP for the Greater Houston/Southeast Texas area after helping to lead Broncos to an 11-3 record ... Had 40 catches for 550 yards and 10 TDs as a junior.
Payton Ploch was born on March 31, 1992, in Baytown, Texas ... Son of Jodi Ploch ... Majoring in Business.