Olson Earns Another All-America Honor; National Finalist
MEDFORD, Ore. —
Cascade Christian High School alum Dante Olson has added another trophy to the case. The prolific junior linebacker at Montana 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 Lewis were 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
(Courtesy: Montana Grizzlies Athletics)