Dante Olson racks up 8th postseason award, named All-American Defense by HERO sports

Posted at 1:41 PM, Dec 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-20 16:26:28-05

(Editor’s Note: Montana Athletics release)

MISSOULA – 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 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

Hero Sports FCS All-American Team (2018)


NOTE: AP – All-Purpose; ATH- Dual-threat QB; RS- Return Specialist on Special teams; ST- Special teams standout; LS- Long Snapper

POS      PLAYER                        YEAR    SCHOOL
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


POS      PLAYER                        YEAR    SCHOOL
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


POS      PLAYER                        YEAR    SCHOOL
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


POS      PLAYER                        YEAR    SCHOOL
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


POS      PLAYER                        YEAR    SCHOOL
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


POS      PLAYER                        YEAR    SCHOOL
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


POS      PLAYER                        YEAR    SCHOOL
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


POS      PLAYER                        YEAR    SCHOOL
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


POS      PLAYER                        YEAR    SCHOOL
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


2018: Finalist for the STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award … STATS FCS First-Team All-American … Walter Camp Foundation All-American … Associated Press First-Team All-American … HERO Sports First-Team All-American … Led Division I football in total tackles (FBS and FCS) … Selected as First-Team All-Big Sky Conference by the league’s coaches … Awarded Montana Football’s Steve Carlson MVP Award … Awarded Montana Football’s Defensive MVP Award … Named ROOT Sports Big Sky Defensive Player of the week on 9/3 … Named College Sports Madness Big Sky Defensive Player of the week on 9/3 … Repeated as ROOT Sports Big Sky Player of the Week on 9/8 … Was named STATS FCS National Defensive Player of the Week on 9/8 as well …. Also repeated as College Sports Madness Big Sky Player of the Week on 9/8 … Named ROOT Sports Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week for a third time on 10/1 after posting 24 tackles against Cal Poly … Against UNI (9/1), Olson led the Grizzly defense with 13 total tackles … Also recorded an interception which he returned 26 yards, a sack for a loss of 9 yards, one PBU and one QB hurry … Was named the ROOT Sports Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week after the UNI game …  Against Drake (9/8), Olson recorded 16 tackles, 2 sacks (career high), 3.5 TFL’s (career high), one forced fumble and one PBU … Olson recorded 11 tackles, 1.5 TFLs, half a sack, one QB hit, and an interception that he returned 25 yards in a well-rounded performance vs. Western Illinois (9/15) … Against Sacramento State (9/22) recorded 15 tackles, 1 sack, 1 PBU, and a QB hit … Against Cal Poly (9/29) Olson earned Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for the 3rd time in 5 weeks putting up 24 total tackles (career high and 2nd best single-game tackling performance in UM history) … Against Portland State (10/6) put up 19 tackles, half a sack, 2 TFL’s and 2 forced fumbles … Olson put up 8 tackles and one half of a TFL in a matchup against North Dakota (10/13) … Olson added to his impressive season totals with a 13 tackle and one sack performance vs. #6 UC Davis (10/27) … Leading his team in tackling, Olson contributed to his team’s road victory over Idaho (11/10) with 10 tackles and a QB hit on the day … Olson completed his break-out season with an 18 tackle performance against rival Montana State (11/17)
2017: Second Team All-Big Sky on Special Teams… Academic All-Big Sky … Hauck Family Special Teams Player of the Year … Recorded 38 tackles, 16 of them solo … Had 2 TFLs and one sack against Idaho State for a loss of seven yards … Blocked a kick against Northern Colorado … Logged QB hurries against Savannah State and Eastern Washington … Played in all 11 games for UM … Once again awarded the William (Robi) Robertson Memorial Athletic Scholarship at the annual Lindsay Awards Banquet
2016: Academic All-Big Sky… Hauck Family Special Teams Player of the Year … Olson played in 11 games as a redshirt freshman at linebacker … Recorded 29 tackles, seven of them solo … Had two tackles for loss for six yards, also recorded a sack … Had back to back games with seven tackles against Miss. Valley State and Sacramento State … Recorded both tackles for loss and also his only sack in the Miss. Valley State game… Awarded the William (Robi) Robertson Memorial Athletic Scholarship at the annual Lindsay Awards Banquet.
2015: Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year … Was a redshirt freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: Olson was a four-year letterman in football at Cascade Christian HS, where his team won four conference championships (10-3 in 2011; 13-1 in 2012; 12-2 in 2013, and 8-3 in 2014) in a row… Three-year team captain and defensive player of the year…. Also led his team in tackles for three seasons…Voted defensive MVP of his conference and the state two times… His senior year he had 135 tackles, 5 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles; rushed for 583 yards and 8 TDs… named to the state’s All-Star Football Game… A three-time all-state selection at linebacker and tight end (as a senior) … His prep coach was Jon Gettman…. Also lettered in basketball and tennis.
PERSONAL: Olson carries a 3.87 GPA …. A Management major … His parents are Linda and Jeff Olson of Medford … His dad Jeff was the former head football coach at Southern Oregon University … Serves as a pen-pal mentor to a class of underprivileged kids in Northern California