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Andy Wittry | NCAA.com | January 1, 2018

Watch: Alabama DL Payne intercepts pass, catches TD

  Alabama's Da'Ron Payne had an interception and a touchdown catch in the third quarter of the Sugar Bowl.

You'll be hard-pressed to find a defensive lineman who can both intercept a pass (and make a would-be tackler miss on the return) and catch a touchdown pass while getting both feet inbounds. That's what Alabama's Da'Ron Payne, who's listed at 6-2 and 308 pounds, did in a four-minute stretch in the third quarter of the Sugar Bowl. It was his first career interception and first touchdown reception.

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Alabama linebacker Anfernee Jennings hit Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant on second-and-two at Clemson's 42-yard line and Payne had the awareness to catch the ball out of the air and rumble 21 yards while making one defender miss. Seven plays later on second-and-goal, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts rewarded Payne for his efforts on defense with a touchdown pass.

Payne was lined up in the backfield, went in motion and got open in the flat to put the Crimson Tide ahead by two scores. 

Watch Payne's interception and touchdown reception below.

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