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Five Montana Grizzlies, 3 Montana State Bobcats HERO Sports preseason all-Americans

Robby Hauck
Jace Lewis Dante Olson
Samori Toure
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Posted at 10:20 AM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 12:24:14-04

Five Montana Grizzlies and three Montana State Bobcats have been named to the HERO Sports preseason all-American football teams, the organization announced on Thursday. Three Grizzlies and one Bobcat were tabbed first-team selections.

The news comes one day after HERO Sports selected Montana seventh and Montana State ninth in the first preseason top-25 poll of the year.

Montana receiver Samori Toure was one of three wide receivers named to the first-team offense. Toure hauled in 87 receptions for 1,495 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, averaging 106.8 yards per game. The redshirt senior from Portland, Ore. has 155 career receptions for 2,488 yards and 20 scores.

UM linebacker Jace Lewis, a Townsend product, and defensive back Robby Hauck were selected to the first-team defense. Lewis was second on the team behind Buck Buchanan Award-winner Dante Olson with 132 total tackles, including 12 tackles-for-loss. He also had 4.5 sacks, four pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

Hauck was third on the Griz defense with 129 tackles. The son of head coach Bobby Hauck had five tackles-for-loss and three sacks last season, also forcing two fumbles for the UM defense.

Running back Marcus Knight was a second-team offensive selection, while Malik Flowers was named third-team special teams for the Grizzlies.

Montana State standout Troy Andersen was the lone first-team selection for the Bobcats, earning the honor at the athlete position. Andersen has played numerous positions during his career at MSU, including quarterback, running back and linebacker. Last fall, the Dillon native rushed for 353 yards and seven touchdowns, threw for one more score and recorded 54 tackles. Andersen had 39 solo stops, 11.5 tackles-for-loss and 6.5 sacks for the Bobcat defense.

MSU teammates Lewis Kidd and Amandre Williams were third-team selections on the offensive and defensive lines, respectively.

Twelve other Big Sky Conference athletes were named to the HERO Sports preseason all-American teams, which can be found below.

HERO Sports FCS preseason all-American teams

FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE

POSPLAYERSCHOOLYEAR
QBTrey LanceNorth Dakota StateSoph.
QBKevin ThomsonSacramento StateSr.
RBKarl MoforAlbanySr.
RBJah-Maine MartinNorth Carolina A&TSr.
RBPierre Strong Jr.South Dakota StateJr.
OLDrew HimmelmanIllinois StateSr.
OLLiam FornadelJames MadisonSr.
OLPJ BurkhalterNichollsSr.
OLDillon RadunzNorth Dakota StateSr.
OLCordell VolsonNorth Dakota StateSr.
WRDeAngelo WilsonAustin PeaySr.
WRSamori ToureMontanaSr.
WRCade JohnsonSouth Dakota StateSr.
TEDalton KincaidSan DiegoJr.
APShane SimpsonTowsonSr.
ATHBrandon RaineyThe CitadelSr.

FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE

POSPLAYERSCHOOLYEAR
DLRomeo McKnightIllinois StateSr.
DLElerson SmithNorthern IowaSr.
DLJermaine McDanielNorth Carolina A&TJr.
DLKobie TurnerRichmondJr.
LBBryson ArmstrongKennesaw StateSr.
LBJace LewisMontanaSr.
LBForrest RhyneVillanovaSr.
LBRyan GreenhagenFordhamJr.
DBKordell JacksonAustin PeaySr.
DBBrandon EasterlingDaytonSr.
DBRobby HauckMontanaJr.
DBAnthony AdamsPortland StateJr.
DBFerlando JordanSoutheastern LouisianaJr.
ATHTroy AndersenMontana StateSr.

FIRST-TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS

POSPLAYERSCHOOLYEAR
PChris FaddoulFlorida A&MSr.
PKLuis AguilarNorthern ArizonaSr.
LSColton MengesAlcorn StateSr.
PRMontrell WashingtonSamfordSr.
KRLonnie Moore IVMonmouthSr.
STD’Angelo AmosJames MadisonSr.

SECOND-TEAM OFFENSE

POSPLAYERSCHOOLYEAR
QBJeff UndercufflerAlbanySoph.
QBEric BarriereEastern WashingtonSr.
QBBailey ZappeHouston BaptistSr.
RBPercy Agyei-ObeseJames MadisonSr.
RBMarcus KnightMontanaJr.
RBJosh DavisWeber StateJr.
OLJ'Von BrownCentral ConnecticutSr.
OLPaul GrattanVillanovaSr.
OLTy WhitworthWeber StateSr.
OLNash JensenNorth Dakota StateJr.
OLKyle NunezStony BrookJr.
WRChanga HodgeVillanovaSr.
WRXavier SmithFlorida A&MJr.
WRIsaiah WestonNorthern IowaJr.
TEColton DowellUT MartinJr.
APElijah DotsonSacramento StateSr.
ATHDaniel SmithVillanovaSr.

SECOND-TEAM DEFENSE

POSPLAYERSCHOOLYEAR
DLMike GreeneJames MadisonSr.
DLJared BrinkmanNorthern IowaSr.
DLTrace MascorroSam Houston StateSr.
DLRoderick PerrySouth Carolina StateSr.
LBLevi MethenyAlbanySr.
LBDeshawn StevensMaineSr.
LBColby CampbellPresbyterianSr.
LBAdrian HopeFurmanJr.
DBRobert RochellCentral ArkansasSr.
DBDevin TaylorIllinois StateSr.
DBMichael TutsieNorth Dakota StateJr.
DBKedrick WhiteheadDelawareJr.

SECOND-TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS

POSPLAYERSCHOOLYEAR
PDJ ArnsonNorthern ArizonaSr.
PKTrey TuttleWeber StateSr.
LSBradey SorensonSouth Dakota StateSr.
PRMike RoussosColumbiaJr.
KRQuay HolmesETSUJr.
STElijah SolomonVillanovaSoph.

THIRD-TEAM OFFENSE

POSPLAYERSCHOOLYEAR
QBFelix HarperAlcorn StateSr.
QBBreylin SmithCentral ArkansasJr.
FBClint RatkovichWestern IllinoisSr.
RBWesley DuggerDavidsonSr.
RBDevin WynnFurmanSr.
RBJulius ChestnutSacred HeartJr.
OLBlake MitchellAustin PeaySr.
OLKeenan ForbesFlorida A&MSr.
OLLiam DobsonMaineSr.
OLSpencer BrownNorthern IowaSr.
OLColby ThomasSam Houston StateSr.
OLLewis KiddMontana StateSr.
WRLujuan WinninghamCentral ArkansasJr.
WRIzaiah GathingsGardner-WebbJr.
WRBrandon PorterNorthern ArizonaJr.
WRPierre WilliamsSacramento StateJr.
TEChris JamesChattanoogaSr.
APAlex RamseyThe CitadelSr.
ATHEJ PerryBrownSr.

THIRD-TEAM DEFENSE

POSPLAYERSCHOOLYEAR
DLJosephus SmithAustin PeaySr.
DLAmandre WilliamsMontana StateSr.
DLShaundre MimsCharleston SouthernJr.
DLDJ ColemanJacksonville StateJr.
DLMalik HammLafayetteJr.
LBChris OjohEastern WashingtonSr.
LBGlenn CunninghamFordhamSr.
LBWillie Eubanks IIIThe CitadelSr.
LBKeonte HamptonJackson StateJr.
DBShawn SteeleArkansas-Pine BluffSr.
DBChristian UphoffIllinois StateSr.
DBDarion DunnMcNeeseSr.
DBXavior WilliamsNorthern IowaSr.
DBJaquan AmosVillanovaSr.

THIRD-TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS

POSPLAYERSCHOOLYEAR
PBrady SchuttSouth DakotaSr.
PKEthan RatkeJames MadisonSr.
LSRobert SoderholmVMIJr.
KRMalik FlowersMontanaJr.
STBronson YoderWilliam & MarySoph.