There aren't many quarterbacks who can boast of having their name mentioned in the same sentence with NFL legend Brett Favre. Dustin Almond can.
Almond finished his college career at Southern Miss in 2005 with 7,342 passing yards, the second most in the school's history behind Favre's total of 7,695.
Corpus Christi Hammerheads owner Chad Dittman announced Wednesday that Almond was signed as the team's quarterback for the 2008 season.
"Dustin is a phenomenal quarterback, and we're excited that he's going to be wearing our uniform this season," Dittman said. "He's going to make our team that much better."
Almond has one Intense Football League season under his belt. With him behind center, the expansion Frisco Thunder went 8-7 and were knocked out of the playoffs by the Hammerheads. In just that one season, Almond established himself as one of the premier quarterbacks in the IFL. He ended the season with 3,178 yards in passing and 76 touchdown passes. He also rushed for 11 touchdowns and was named the IFL's Offensive Player of the Year.
Almond will replace 2007 Hammerheads quarterback Wes Cooper, who is now on the Thunders' rooster. The Hammerheads were 12-2 and reached a second-straight IFL championship game in 2007.
For Almond, the Hammerheads represent a chance at winning the IFL championship this summer.
"I am very excited to join the Hammerhead organization I really like (head coach Jason McKinely) and feel that this is going to be a great fit. I look forward the 08 campaign and can't wait to take the field in my new colors," Almond said. "Corpus Christi has been to the championship game and I feel as though this is the year for Hammerheads bring it home."
Almond was one of 16 undrafted rookies signed by the Cleveland Browns in May 2006. He was waived later that summer and joined Frisco in 2007.
At Southern Miss, the Orange Park, Fla. native is still regarded as one of the program's best. A three-year starter, he finished his career by completing 538 of 1,052 attempts for 7,342 yards, 51 touchdowns and 28 interceptions. He also rushed for 260 yards and 13 touchdowns. He ranks first in school history with 64 total touchdowns, second in passing and second in total offense. As a senior, he started all 12 games and completed 216 of 394 pass for 2,860 yards and 23 touchdowns.
"I have high expectations after last season losing in the first round of the playoffs," Almond said. "It really hurt and I feel as though last year was just the beginning. Offensive MVP of the league was not good enough! I want the championship ring and the title of 2008 Intense Bowl Champions."