The year was 2010 and the Pigskin Preview featured one of South Dakota's best players - The Washington Warrior's Matt Hermanson.
"Being on the Pigskin Preview was a great honor - I can remeber that. I think back at the time, and it was me, my buddy Derek Farniok, and we had a great time taking pictures. They had us out in the ally taking pictures. It was a pretty good time, and it was a honor to be slected as one of South Dakota's better football players," 2008 Pigskin cover athlete Matt Hermanson said.
Behind his Father, Brian, as the head coach, Hermanson would help lead the Warriors to back-to-back undefeated seasons and two straight state title, while being named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year his senior year.
"The days at Washington - they were fun. It's fun to win obviously, and we've have continued a winning tradition here. But my dad was also a great coach and everyone had a blast playing for him - it was just fun years in High School," Hermanson said.
Matt moved on to the University of Montana, where during his senior year, he become an All-American free safety for the Griz. His career numbers still rank him top-6 in school history for tackles and interceptions.
"Montana was great - I had a great experience up there. Great fans and Griz nation is awesome out there - just something else and I miss it a lot," Hermanson said.
After a standout career in Missoula, he reunited with his father, as Matt joined the Sioux Falls Storm in 2015. Brian is the defensive coordinator, and Matt is a starting safety on the last two IFL championships teams.
"These guys are great. All the coaches are great and we have a blast playing, and you can see it on the field that we are having fun, and that's the main key," Hermanson said.
"Just to see his growth from being just a little runt, to just a dominating High School player, to a dominating college player, and then to come in and how do you fit in, and, and he has become a very intellectual player, and it's really been the heart of our defense,: Sioux Falls Storm Head Coach Kurtiss Riggs said.