Mike Payne, a second-year prop and hooker for the Utah Warriors, is from Murrieta, California and attended Murrieta Valley High School. In high school, he played football as a defensive end and running back and also threw the shot put on the track and field team. After high school, Payne attended Brigham Young University from 2013-2019 where he earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise and wellness. During 2014 and 2015, he served a two-year service mission to Boise, Idaho for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From 2017-2019, he began his rugby career playing for BYU.