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Iowa State’s Brock Purdy Lands on College Football America Yearbook Cover

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Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy now appears on the cover of the 2021 College Football America Yearbook, a national publication that covers all of college football.

The 2021 College Football America Yearbook hit online retail outlets on Saturday, including The publication announced Purdy’s cover selection exclusively with last month. This is the first time that an Iowa State player has appeared on the cover of the Yearbook.


Purdy led the Cyclones to one of their best seasons in school history in 2020. He completed 243-of-365 passes for 2,750 yards and threw for 19 touchdowns, tying for third on ISU’s single-season list. He earned All-Big 12 First Team honors at quarterback, the first Cyclone to do that since John Quinn did it in the Big 8 Conference in 1981. Purdy led the Cyclones to their first Big 12 Championship game appearance and was the Offensive Most Valuable Player in the Cyclones’ Fiesta Bowl victory over Oregon.

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Purdy eschewed the possibility of going to the NFL to return to Ames this fall to help the Cyclones try and finish the job of winning their first Big 12 championship. That played a big role for the Yearbook staff choosing Purdy for the cover. The staff includes Heartland College Sports contributor Matthew Postins.

“This was a unique offseason to say the least, and it’s part of the reason why our book took a bit longer to produce this summer,” College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb said. “We break down everything in our Road Report, our opening essay for the Yearbook. Even with the limitations on access and travel, we set out to make the best book possible. By putting Purdy on this year’s cover, we’re not only acknowledging his and the Cyclones’ tremendous season in 2020, we are also looking ahead to 2021, where the Cyclones could be one of the best teams in the country.”

Last year’s Yearbook featured former North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance on the cover.


The 2021 College Football America Yearbook features more than 900 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFA staff.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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