From academically ineligible out of high school to manual labor to JUCO to Auburn and 1600+ yds, 13 YDs, 1st Team All-SEC and Academic All-SEC.
"We all thought he was done," said Bill Chaplick, coach at the Milford Academy in New Berlin, New York, where Artis-Payne squandered Division I scholarship opportunities because of academics -- just as he had done at Harrisburg High.
"He's a complete back," Carolina coach Ron Rivera said. "I watched games last year where he took games over. That's what you saw with Gurley. That's what you saw with the kid from Wisconsin.
"And he played in the SEC. He played good, quality football against good, quality competition.
"The one word that describes him is perseverance," Chaump said. "He finds the way to win and get it done. He's going to surprise you. He's not that fast, but give him the ball and they don't tackle him."
Chaump perhaps sums up Artis-Payne best.
"Don't worry about the flashes, don't worry about the dazzling," he said. "But when the game is over and you look at the yards, it's always well over a hundred yards.
"Give the kid a chance and he'll produce.