College Football America Yearbook editor Kendall Webb and The Bison 1660 AM Q&A

The College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb appeared with Jeff Culhane and Jeremy Jorgenson on The Bison 1660-AM on Monday to talk about the Yearbook and the decision to put North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance on the 2020 Yearbook cover.

Webb has published the College Football America Yearbook since its inception. He also founded the idea for the book.

Culhane is the play-by-play voice for the NDSU Bison and Jorgenson is the sideline reporter for NDSU football games. They host “The Insiders” every day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on The Bison 1660-AM

To listen to the appearance, click here to go to The Bison 1660-AM’s on-air page, click on the June 15th Insiders show and fast-forward to the 30-minute mark, where Webb’s appearance begins.

The complete Q&A of the appearance is below.

The College Football America 2020 Yearbook will feature more than 900 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages. It will includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It will also include updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFAY staff. The staff anticipates a late June or early July release to e-commerce sites like Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com.

Find all of our press releases and media appearances at our pr site, collegefootballamericapr.com. If you wish to book Postins or any other member of the College Football America Yearbook staff, e-mail us through the site or send an e-mail to mpostins@gmail.com.

Plus, don’t forget that you can find previous editions of the Yearbook at Amazon.com, including links at collegefootballamericapr.com.

Bison 1660-AM

It is a first time guest on the show, one of the publishers of College Football America, Kendall Webb, is kind enough to give us some time on the program. Kendall, great to have you on the show we hope all is well with you and your family during this wild time. How are you doing sir?

Kendall Webb

I’m doing great, that’s quite an interesting intro right there, I appreciate that.

Bison 1660-AM

Well, you know that when you get the gong life’s good on a Monday.

Kendall Webb

Well, that’s good news. Everything is great down here in Nashville, Tennessee, with my family and friends and hopefully you guys are doing well.

Bison 1660-AM

Out here in Fargo, we appreciate that. Thanks for that and we’re doing well and you guys are hard at work, the College Football America 2020 yearbook is out later this summer. And you guys made the decision to put one Trey Lance on the cover, the NDSU (North Dakota State) quarterback, that’s a pretty big honor for your publication that covers all different levels of college football.

Kendall Webb

Absolutely. You know just to put some perspective around the cover, the last few covers have been Trevor Lawrence of Clemson and Nick Saban of Alabama. And we travel all over the country and shoot at single level of college football from Canada, all the way down to the jucos here in the US, so you know we usually have a few pictures that kind of grab our attention of the bigger players at the different levels. Just to give you an idea this year it came down to Sam Ehlinger leading Texas onto the field or Trey Lance and we went with Trey Lance.

Bison 1660-AM

You know from someone who follows the sport as closely as you do, when you look at Trey Lance’s freshman season last year and see a zero in that interception category, what’s the first thing comes to mind when you see someone play a whole season and not have a pick?

Kendall Webb

The first thing that comes mine is a little business called the National Football League. We see North Dakota State almost every year, as we’ve got a couple of our guys based down in Texas — my editor, Matthew Postins, and my associate publisher Chuck Cox, and Chuck was at the championship game last year and that was one of the first things he said after the game — ‘I think you’re looking at the next North Dakota State quarterback that’ll go to the NFL.’ You know you had both Carson (Wentz) and Easton (Stick) selected so I think that’s first thing comes to mind. And then you start to look at some of the other great numbers out there. I think (Ohio State quarterback) Justin Fields had like three interceptions all year, you know this is a North Dakota State quarterback that plays at a high level, and that’s the kind of company he’s keeping, with some of the bigger names in college football.

Bison 1660-AM

When I look at this book, you guys cover so many levels. FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III, NAIA, Juco, even up into Canada. As you were talking about what NDSU has accomplished this last decade, eight national championships in nine seasons. I know having worked at the FBS level in years past, they (NDSU) get some of these FBS kind of folk sticking their noses up in the air at that sort of accomplishment, just because it’s not 85 scholarships or big massive stadiums or whatever you want to call it. As a guy that covers college football like you do, what would you say to those people when you think of the accomplishments from NDSU on the gridiron?

Kendall Webb

Well, that’s a good question and our staff wants to know we hold NDSU in the highest regard and we don’t we don’t believe that all this stuff you hear about the FBS. You know it’s impressive what an Alabama or Clemson does, if they can win a couple of titles in a three- or four-year stretch. But I would put North Dakota State’s streak of championships up there as one of the greatest accomplishments in the history of the sport. You can look at Mount Union down at Division III, but that’s a whole different level with no scholarships and that’s a program that’s carved out a niche for attracting kids that left Division I programs. But when you’re talking about the Division I level, I don’t know that there is an equal accomplishment in the history of college football to what North Dakota State has done in the last decade.

Bison 1660-AM

You know when you look at NDSU and Oregon. As someone who follows the sport deeply at all levels. When you see that matchup and week one and hopefully we get to play it and hopefully everything turns out okay and there’s fans in the stands and all of that, but just in a hypothetical world that everything is great and we play the game. That’s a very interesting matchup isn’t it?

Kendall Webb

Yes, sir. We’ve all seen North Dakota State. There’s three of us that are at the core of this publication and we’ve all seen North Dakota State multiple times over the past decade.  Fortunately with a couple guys (based) in Texas (and) your boys are in Frisco every year. But Matthew (Postins) made a trip up to Fargo to see them play Montana a few years ago, and I’m going to use my experience of seeing them on the road at Kansas State in 2013, and you guys know what happened there right at the end, Brock Jensen punched it in and North Dakota State left Manhattan Kansas, with a win. So they can go to Oregon and win this football game. My thought for Oregon is that’s a game I would have circled and I would be worried about it. I would be treating that just like it’s a major FBS program coming in. And that Kansas State game, by the way, if I’m not mistaken was the dedication game when they renamed the stadium after Bill Snyder and his family, and you know it was the second biggest crowd at that time in Kansas State history. So it was a full house and North Dakota State, you know, shocked the world and I was there for it.

Bison 1660-AM

Yeah it’s interesting you talk about Oregon. One of the big challenges I’m sure for (Oregon head coach) Mario Cristobal and his staff, with Ohio State coming in the following week to Autzen (Stadium) is keeping the focus on that opener.

It’s great to have Kendall Webb with us on the program. One of the publishers for the College Football America 2020 yearbook. It’s coming out later this summer, and the cover for this preseason publication is Number 5 (Trey Lance), wearing a white road uniform. This picture was taken in Dover — excuse me in Newark, Delaware — when the Bison took on the Blue Hens, the Fightin’ Blue Hens of Delaware, last fall. Let’s talk about the yearbook — more than 900 college football teams from the US and Canada are featured, more than 250 full-color pages as well. What would you tell the people the amount of time and work and energy that goes in to producing this piece?

Kendall Webb

Well, it starts every year in the summer, when we get the book out and we start getting our schedule together for the next season.  What we do is we fan out all across the country and we see games at every single level of football. I mean I’ve shot everywhere from Barrow (Alaska) High School and the Arctic coast to the Bahamas (for the Bahamas Bowl). That’s when it comes to American football. But we’ve also shot USports games, and that’s Canada’s governing body for their college football. Nothing’s off limits and that’s where it starts, we get out on the road. If you’re going to put a book out where you cover every single division, then you need to get out see every single division. In between the three of us, we’re usually at 70 or 80 games at least. So we get to a lot of different places and a lot of different levels of college football. We know what FCS football looks, like we know what FBS football looks like. We know what NAIA football looks like. We know a good team when we see one, and you know we’ve been fortunate over the last few years to get to see some great teams. We’ve been to most of the Division I stadiums in the country. Our publication started as a digital release back in 2011. And then we went to print in 2012 and we’ve been doing ever since. You won’t find a group of guys that are more passionate about the sport at all levels. As fun as it is to be on the sideline at Notre Dame and shoot a game, I get just as jacked up if I’m standing on the sidelines at Morningside or if I’m standing on the sidelines at Dickinson State or one of those small schools up in your area. So we take the lower divisions just as seriously as we take the bigger ones.

Bison 1660-AM

All right, I’m fired up. Now where do we find this when this is ready to go out as at newsstands, can you order it online, how do people get this?

Kendall Webb

Well, the easiest way to do it is just to go to Amazon.com. That’s a reliable source for us. We sell most of our books there. We occasionally have some books that get ordered and distributed to bookstores but we’re mostly an online distributor. So Amazon is a good place, Barnes and Noble.com, if you have an account they always stock it for us. You can even go to Walmart.com if you if that’s your preferred place. But you can find it at all major online digital retailers.

Bison 1660-AM

The print edition will be available online later this summer via Amazon.com. We encourage all Bison fans and all football fans listening to go there and pick it up later on this summer. You can get updates on the 2020 College Football America Yearbook at collegefootballamericapr.com.  Kendall Webb with us on the show and before I let you go. As you mentioned, and that just kind of sparked my curiosity. You’ve been to so many different venues and locations around North America, in covering college football. Do you have a favorite venue? What’s the most unique venue that pops into your mind, or setting for a football game that you’ve been able to go and shoot and cover and watch?

Kendall Webb

Well, you’ve certainly you think about the big boys, the Alabama’s and the Georgia’s, and Texas and Notre Dame, all those places. And I’ve been lucky enough to shoot at all of them. But sometimes the smaller out of the way places are the one that stick in your mind. Army West Point is a fantastic venue, a beautiful place right alongside the Hudson River. Wyoming has the highest elevation stadium in Division I at more than 7,200 feet. I’ve been out there for a couple of games and it’s fantastic. I think Utah State is a gorgeous place. So a lot of a lot of those smaller schools, especially a lot of schools in the west, when you’re in the stadium you have those panoramic views of the mountains and stuff in the distance.

Bison 1660-AM

Where’s a bucket list location you haven’t been yet Kendall?

Kendall Webb

I would have to put Fargo on there. I haven’t had the chance to shoot there yet. I shot North Dakota a couple of years ago when Mississippi Valley State came in, but that was on a Thursday night and I was supposed to be in Nebraska that Saturday. So definitely Fargo is high on my list because I think that’s one of the most unique places, an indoor facility where it can get loud. Matthew (Postins) went there a few years ago and compared it to a ‘Mini-SEC’ environment. So we know it gets crazy up there. And you mentioned Oregon. I’ve been to 113 of the 130 FBS stadiums and that’s one I haven’t gotten to yet.

Bison 1660-AM

Well there you go, Kendall we appreciate your time and if you’re able to make your way to Fargo, let us know. we’ll take care of you and it’ll be a blast. Bison fans will definitely take care of you and walk you through Thunder Alley, one of the great tailgating setups in all of college football right outside of the Fargodome. I look forward to seeing that. Kendall thanks so much for coming on.

Kendall Webb

Absolutely. Thank you.

Bison 1660-AM

Really good. You know sometimes you get a guest on, and you’re not sure what you’re going to get. And man, you can tell Kendall knows what he’s talking about. He mentioned he has been to nearly every FBS college football stadium in America, Canada and others in other parts of North America. And I encourage you to check this out when it is available online. The print edition available online later this summer, the College Football America 2020 Yearbook. Amazon.com is the best place to find it. But you can also find it at BarnesandNoble.com, Books-A-Million and more.

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