MISSOULA – The Montana Grizzlies’ football season has had its fair share of ups and downs, but Dante Olson’s sustained greatness has remained constant.
The junior linebacker has soared to stardom since becoming a starter for the first time. Olson leads the country in tackles by two per game. He also ranks top 10 in fumbles forced and has wrapped up five sacks and grabbed an interception.
Now the Medford, Ore., native is on the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List, the honor given to the best defender in the FCS. He only looks uncomfortable when you ask about his success. Olson instead explains that he and the Grizzlies haven’t won anything yet.
“It’s a huge honor, obviously. I’ve said it before, it’s a blessing from God,” said Olson about the praise. “But at the same time, it’s just a watch list. We have four games left this season, and that’s what I’m worried about right now. This week we have to go out and get it done.”
The Griz could use another monster game from Olson this week. The sixth-ranked UC Davis Aggies come to Missoula scoring more than 42 points per game. They’ll kick off at 2 p.m. Saturday in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.