Golden Eagles' starting quarterback ... Had a productive spring and looks to finish his career with an outstanding senior season ... Provides leadership to the offense ... Was having a breakout junior season until a hamstring injury against Houston forced him to miss two games ... Finished the season on a strong note, leading the Golden Eagles to wins against UAB and North Texas in the New Orleans Bowl ... An offensive playmaker ... Possesses outstanding tools, a strong arm and good mobility ... Excellent presence in the pocket ... School Career Records: First in interception avoidance (.024) ... Fourth in passing yards (4,482), touchdown passes (28) and pass efficiency (115.33) ... Fifth in total offense (4,839) ... Tied for fifth in touchdowns responsible for (39) ... Seventh in pass efficiency rating (115.33) ... New Orleans Bowl: Completed 16-of-30 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown against North Texas ... Also ran for a touchdown ... 2004 (r-Jr.): Played in 10 games, making nine starts ... Completed 138-of-269 passes for 1,848 yards ... Played in 636 snaps this season, including a season-high of 80 against Tulane (9/25) ... Ranked No. 63 in the nation and No. 8 in Conference USA in total offense (190.90) ... No. 8 in Conference USA in passing yards per game ... Finished No. 66 nationally and No. 11 in Conference USA in passing efficiency with a mark of 118.32 ... Had 12 passing touchdowns against six interceptions ... Also had five rushing touchdowns ... Had long touchdown passes of 47 yards to Tavarres Williams in the New Orleans Bowl (12/14) and 45 and 46 yards to Marvin Young, in the Nebraska (9/11) and USF (10/2) games, respectively ... Also threw a 40-yard pass to Anthony Perine at TCU (11/20) ... Was on his way to an outstanding season, before suffering a strained hamstring in the Houston game (10/7) ... Missed the team's next two games, before returning against Cincinnati (11/6) ... Missed the majority of the second half against TCU (11/20), due to back spasms ... Came off the bench against UAB (11/27), and guided the team to a 26-21 come from behind victory to attain bowl eligibility ... Recorded a career-high in passing yards with 304 and had a season-high 17 completions against Cal (12/4) ... Accounted for three touchdowns (2 passing, 1 rushing) against Cincinnati (11/6) ... Had two passing touchdowns against Tulane (9/25), USF (10/2), Memphis (11/12) and UAB (11/27) ... Finished with 200 passing yards against USF (10/2) ... Also had 202 passing yards against Memphis (11/12) ... Liberty Bowl: Made his first postseason career start in the 2003 AXA Liberty Bowl, completing 11-of-33 passes for 122 yards with a long completion of 24 yards ... 2003 (r-So.): Played in all 13 games and started eight ... Completed 39.1 percent of his passes over the first six games and completed 53.5 percent of his passes over the last seven games and threw for 1,387 yards and 13 touchdowns ... Named the No. 4 quarterback in Conference USA by collegefootballnews.com ... For the season, he completed 121-of-251 passes for 1,877 yards, threw 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions with a long pass of 80 yards ... In Conference USA, No. 7 in passing efficiency, No. 8 in total offense and No. 9 in average passing yards per game ... Finished the season with eight-straight games with double-figure completions ... Four-straight games of over 200 yards with a season-high 237 yards on 17-of-26 passes at Houston and threw two touchdowns (11/8) ... Threw at least one touchdown in six-straight games and multiple touchdowns in five of the last seven games ... Nine of his touchdown passes were 20 yards or more (four - 20 yards or more; two - 30 yards or more; two - 50 yards or more; one - 80 yards) ... 31 pass plays of 20 yards or more ... Earned Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week honors after finishing with 14 completions of 23 passes for 227 yards and threw three touchdowns against No. 9 TCU (11/20) ...Earned Southern Miss Player of the Week honors in the Louisiana-Lafayette (11/1), Tulane (11/15) and TCU games (11/20) ... Completed 11-of-16 passes for 231 yards and threw two touchdowns against Tulane (11/15) ... Completed 11-of-15 passes for 187 yards, threw three touchdowns and ran for another score against Louisiana-Lafayette (11/1) ... Ran for two touchdowns and passed for another score at East Carolina, including a season-high 34 rushing yards (11/29) ... Houston Bowl: Entered the second series of the Houston Bowl (12/27) against Oklahoma State and had one of his career-best performances ... Completed 11-of-27 passes for 173 yards and rushed for 54 yards on 17 carries and scored a touchdown ... 2002 (r-Fr.): Completed 63-of-138 passes for 757 yards and threw three touchdowns ... Long pass of 48 yards to Marvin Young at TCU (10/30) ... Rushed 76 times for 140 yards, an average of 1.8 yards a carry and scored three touchdowns ... Rated No. 10 in Conference USA in average passing yards a game (58.4) ... Entered the South Florida contest in the third series of the game and completed 24-of-39 for 258 yards and threw one touchdown (10/12) ... Earned the starting job after his performance at USF ... Finished with nine completions in 27 attempts and threw one touchdown at TCU (10/30) ... Eight carries for 31 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown run against East Carolina (11/30) ... Scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 14-yard run at Army (9/28) ... 2001 (Fr.): Redshirted, while running the scout team ... Named "Tomorrow's Team Offensive Player of the Week" by the Southern Miss coaching staff, for the Houston game (10/27) ... Prep: Three-year letterwinner for Coach Ron McCrone at Orange Park High School ... Threw for 2,012 yards and 18 touchdowns on 98 completions as a senior ... Had 103 pass attempts that were dropped ... Threw for over 3,000 yards over his last two years ... Rushed for 830 yards as a junior ... Played in the Florida-California All-Star Game ... Earned Florida Times-Union First-Team Honors ... Garnered all-state honors ... Super 24 in Florida ... Named all-conference ... Selected team's most valuable player as a junior and senior ... Two-time all-district ... Top 100 in the state of Florida (9.25 rating) by Jeff Whitaker's Deep South Recruiting ... One-star rating by Max Emfinger's Blue Chip Recruiting ... Two-year letterwinner in baseball ... As a senior was named all-district and team's most valuable player ... Personal: Son of Mike Almond and Beth Almond ... Father played college football at Northwestern (La.) State and professionally for the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers ... Majoring in coaching and sport administration ... Born Feb. 5, 1983.
2004 Game-by-Game Statistics (C-A-Yds-TDs-Int.-LP): Nebraska 12-28-142-1-1-46; Tulane 15-22-152-2-0-22; USF 14-27-200-2-0-45; Houston 16-28-169-1-1-26; Cincinnati 12-26-187-0-2-39; Memphis 17-37-202-2-1-29; TCU 9-20-116-0-0-40; UAB 10-14-129-2-0-28; Cal 17-37-301-1-0-40; North Texas 16-30-1-1-47
2003 Game-by-Game Statistics (C-A-Yds-TDs-Int.-LP): Cal 4-8-49-0-0-19; Memphis 3-14-44-0-0-22; Nebraska 4-24-68-0-2-28; Cincinnati 9-18-133-0-0-49; Alabama 16-28-196-0-0-30; USF 10-22-175-2-1-80; Louisiana-Lafayette 11-15-187-3-0-51; Houston 17-26-237-2-0-34; Tulane 11-16-231-2-0-60; TCU 14-23-227-3-1-50; East Carolina 11-24-208-1-3-42; Utah 11-33-0-0-24
2002 Game-by-Game Statistics (C-A-Yds-TDs-Int.-LP): Jackson State 4-8-67-0-0-34; Army 1-1-3-0-0-3; South Florida 24-39-258-1-0-30; Cincinnati 7-22-92-1-0-33; TCU 9-27-110-1-1-48; UAB 5-11-43-0-2-15; East Carolina 2-3-11-0-0-11; Oklahoma State 11-27-173-0-0-44
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Almond's Rushing Statistics