Montana Football: Olson named First Team All-American Defense by HERO Sports

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Dante Olson has added another trophy to the case. The prolific junior linebacker landed his fourth first-team All-America honor in the past week on Wednesday by online FCS news outlet HERO Sports.

Olson has been named a first-team All-American on every major FCS list published so far this year, and is one of only two defensive players on Hero Sports’ first or second-team from the Big Sky Conference.

The Buchanan Award finalist completed his junior year with Grizzlies tallying a national-best 151 total tackles in the regular season, 24 of which were earned in a single game against the Cal Poly Mustangs. He also tallied double digit tackles in nine of his 11 games last season. He also posted 11 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 3 pass breakups and 2 interceptions last season.

In the process, Olson shattered UM’s record for most tackles in a single season, previously held by Kendrick Van Ackeren (130), and was only 26 tackles shy of the Big Sky Conference record.

He is set to attend STATS FCS national awards banquet in January in hopes to become Montana’s third Buck Buchanan Award winner.

Earlier this week, Hero Sports added three other Grizzlies to its All-American lists. Receiver Samuel Akem and linebacker Jace Lewiswere named sophomore All-Americans, while Robby Hauck was named freshman All-American.

Olson’s 2018 Post-Season Honors:

* STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award Finalist

* HERO Sports First-Team All-American

* STATS FCS First-Team All-American

* Walter Camp Foundation All-American

* Associated Press First-Team All-American

* First-Team All-Big Sky

* Steve Carlson Team MVP

* Grizzly Defensive MVP

Hero Sports FCS All-American Team (2018)

First Team Offense

QB Easton Stick Sr. North Dakota State

QB Devlin Hodges Sr. Samford

RB James Holland Sr. Colgate

RB Marquis Terry Sr. SEMO

RB Ryan Fulse Sr. Wagner

FB Joe Protheroe Sr. Cal Poly

WR Kelvin McKnight Sr. Samford

WR Keelan Doss Sr. UC Davis

TE Donald Parham Sr. Stetson

OL Tytus Howard Sr. Alabama State

OL Oli Udoh Sr. Elon

OL Matt Pyke Sr. ETSU

OL Tanner Volson Sr. North Dakota State

OL Dan Cooney Sr. San Diego

ATH Chandler Burks Sr. Kennesaw State

First Team Defense

DL Isaiah Mack Sr. Chattanooga

DL Darryl Johnson Jr. North Carolina A&T

DL Derick Roberson Sr. Sam Houston State

DL Ahmad Gooden Sr. Samford

LB Jabril Cox Soph. North Dakota State

LB Dante Olson Jr. Montana

LB Zach Hall Jr. SEMO

LB LeGrand Toia Sr. Weber State

DB Isiah Swann Jr. Dartmouth

DB Nasir Adderley Sr. Delaware

DB Jimmy Moreland Sr. James Madison

DB Jordan Brown Sr. South Dakota State

AP Shane Simpson Jr. Towson

First Team Special Teams

PK Roldan Alcobendas Sr. Eastern Washington

P Alex Pechin Sr. Bucknell

RS D’Angelo Amos Soph. James Madison

RS Malik Honeycutt Jr. Murray State

ST Brady May Sr. Weber State

LS Steven Wethli Sr. Youngstown State

Second Team Offense

QB Anthony Lawrence Sr. San Diego

QB Taryn Christion Sr. South Dakota State

RB AJ Hines Jr. Duquesne

RB James Robinson Jr. Illinois State

RB Tevin McCaster Sr. Youngstown State

WR Josh Pearson Jr. Jacksonville State

WR Michael Bandy Jr. San Diego

TE Charlie Taumoepeau Jr. Portland State

OL C.J. Collins Sr. Kennesaw State

OL Garrett Bowery Sr. Lamar

OL Micah Shaw Sr. North Carolina A&T

OL Zack Johnson Jr. North Dakota State

OL Iosua Opeta Sr. Weber State

ATH Troy Andersen Soph. Montana State

Second Team Defense

DL Nick Wheeler Jr. Colgate

DL Randy Robinson Sr. Jacksonville State

DL John Daka Jr. James Madison

DL Greg Menard Sr. North Dakota State

LB Troy Reeder Sr. Delaware

LB Sterling Sheffield Sr. Maine

LB BJ Blunt Sr. McNeese

LB Pete Swenson Sr. Western Illinois

DB James Allen Sr. Charleston Southern

DB Manny Patterson Jr. Maine

DB Robbie Grimsley Sr. North Dakota State

DB Marvin Tillman Sr. Western Carolina

AP Cade Johnson Soph. South Dakota State

Second Team Special Teams

PK Austin Errthum Sr. Northern Iowa

P Chris Faddoul Soph. Florida A&M

RS Rashid Shaheed Soph. Weber State

RS Booker Chambers Sr. Miss. Valley State

ST Robert Carter, Jr. Sr. James Madison

LS Josh Brady Jr. Jacksonville State

Third Team Offense

QB Tom Flacco Jr. Towson

QB Jake Maier Jr. UC Davis

RB Ra’Quanne Dickens Sr. Incarnate Word

RB Andre Stoddard Sr. Wofford

WR Alexander Hollins Sr. Eastern Illinois

WR Mitch Gueller Jr. Idaho State

WR Jazz Ferguson Jr.Northwestern State

WR Jesper Horsted Sr. Princeton

TE Charles Scarff Sr. Delaware

OL Max Hartzman Sr. Colgate

OL Alex Conley Sr. Duquesne

OL Noah Johnson Jr. Idaho

OL BJ Autry Sr. Jacksonville State

OL Drew Forbes Sr. SEMO

ATH Tyrie Adams Jr. Western Carolina

Third Team Defense

DL Solomon Brown Sr. Charleston Southern

DL Sully Laiche Jr. Nicholls

DL Chris Agyemang Jr. Sacred Heart

DL Adam Rodriguez Jr. Weber State

LB Adrian Hope Fr. Furman

LB T.J. Holl Sr. Colgate

LB Dylan Weigel Sr. ETSU

LB Jonas Griffith Jr. Indiana State

LB Christian Rozeboom Jr. South Dakota St.

DB Tyler Castillo Sr. Colgate

DB Will Warner Jr. Drake

DB Jonathant Istache Sr. Duquesne

DB TJ Floyd Jr. Princeton

AP Josh Davis Fr. Weber State

Third Team Special Teams

PK JJ Jerman Sr. ETSU

P Alex Kjellsten Sr. McNeese

RS Jimmie Robinson Sr.. Bethune-Cookman

RS Chris Rowland Jr. Tennessee State

LS Bradey Sorenson Soph. South Dakota State

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