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Payne enjoying early start at Cal

Payne enjoying early start at Cal

As he searches for an answer to the question, Kendrick Payne has the look of someone who might have had a good reply a few months ago. But maybe a result of trying to answer that question several months ago explains why he is where he is. Instead of goofing around and scraping together burger money back in Texas, he's spending his spring fighting his way past 300-pound men on the football field.

The question asked of Kendrick Payne is, "what do you do in your spare time?" The 6-foot-2 defensive lineman, along with running back Covaughn Deboskie, is one of two members of Cal's incoming recruiting class who decided to forego their final semester of high school to start college early. By enrolling at Cal in January, it enables them to participate in spring practice and get a jump on the...

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