SIOUX FALLS, SD -- Sioux Falls Storm coach Kurtiss Riggs said Wednesday the six-time indoor football champions have signed Martevious Young, a Southern Miss alum who played sparingly for the Omaha Beef last year, to assume the role of starting quarterback vacated by Chris Dixon, who recently signed with Orlando of the AFL.

Young will obviously have big shoes to fill, as Dixon won numerous MVP awards and championships with Billings and then Sioux Falls, but he was the man Riggs had been targeting as soon as he knew Dixon was leaving.

“We’re excited about him,” said Riggs, who signed a two-year extension shortly after last season’s United Bowl win. “He’s the guy we singled out as having the youth and energy but still enough indoor experience that he won’t be awestruck with the indoor game.”

Young rushed for 184 yards and four touchdowns last year in limited action for the Beef, averaging 6.6 yards per carry. He completed 31 of 59 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. In college, Young was the starting quarterback for Southern Miss as a junior, throwing 16 touchdowns with only three interceptions, but spent his senior year with the Golden Eagles as the backup quarterback.

The Storm were actually targeting Young even before Dixon left, since the Beef had suspended operations after the end of the 2012 regular season, and Young was a guy Riggs envisioned as an “athlete” who could serve as Dixon’s backup while also seeing action at other spots. The hope was that within a year, Young would be ready to step in for Dixon; now that timetable has been fast-tracked.

Courtesy:  Sioux Falls Storm