Dante Olson headlines 4 Montana Grizzlies to nab all-America recognition

Posted at 11:43 AM, Dec 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-18 13:43:36-05
Montana Grizzly linebacker Dante Olson had 19 tackles against Portland State. (RICHIE MELBY/MTN Sports)

(Editor’s note: University of Montana media release)

Montana junior linebacker Dante Olson has picked up his third First-Team All-America award in the past week, and three other Grizzlies have also been named All-Americans in a trio of releases on Monday and Tuesday.

Olson was named to the 2018 STATS FCS All-America Defensive First-Team, the only defensive player in the Big Sky Conference to earn First-Team honors.

Online FCS news outlet HERO Sports also named Jace Lewis and Samuel Akem to its sophomore First-Team All-America list on Tuesday, and Robby Hauck earned a place on its freshman First-Team All-America list as well.

STATS will also honor Olson in January as a top-three finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, presented annually to the FCS Defensive Player of the Year on the eve of the National Championship game in Frisco, Texas.

In the last week, the national leader in tackles during the regular season also earned First-Team All-America honors from the Associated Press and the Walter Camp Foundation.

Akem earned second-team All-Big Sky honors after a breakout season hauling in 13 touchdown catches – the sixth-most touchdown in the nation, and the most in the league. The prolific sophomore caught at least one touchdown pass in eight games, and two TD grabs in five games.

Montana’s leading receiver with a Grizzly top-20 total of 863 yards, Akem’s 13 TD catches is the fifth-most in a single season in Grizzly history, tied with legends like Marc Mariani, Marvin Turk, and Mike Rice.

Lewis was named to the HERO Sports First-Team special teams list after earning All-Big Sky second-team honors in 2018. As Montana’s top special teams contributor, he was a key part of UM’s Big Sky-best kickoff coverage unit with 62 tackles on the season, ranking in the league’s top-40.

Hauck was the national leader in tackles for a freshman and was No. 3 in the voting for the Jerry Rice Award for the top freshman in the nation. He received an All-Big Sky honorable mention as UM’s second-leading tackler, finishing the year with 95 total takedowns (41 solo, 54 assisted), the fifth-most in the conference and the most of any freshman, and was the only freshman among the Big Sky’s top-30 tacklers.

Hauck posted four games with double-digit tackle totals, including a career-high 17 in Montana’s win at Cal Poly.


*-Order of quarterbacks to be determined after the STATS FCS Awards Banquet on Jan. 4.



*QB – Chandler Burks, senior, 5-10, 190, Kennesaw State; Devlin Hodges, senior, 6-1, 205, Samford; or Easton Stick, senior, 6-2, 221

RB – Ryan Fulse, senior, 5-11, 195, Wagner

RB – A.J. Hines, junior, 5-11, 225, Duquesne

FB – Joe Protheroe, senior, 5-11, 230, Cal Poly

WR – Michael Bandy, junior, 5-11, 190, San Diego

WR – Keelan Doss, senior, 6-3, 210, UC Davis

WR – Josh Pearson, junior, 6-4, 205, Jacksonville State

TE – Donald Parham, senior, 6-8, 240, Stetson

OL – B.J. Autry, senior, 6-5, 340, Jacksonville State

OL – Drew Forbes, senior, 6-5, 305, Southeast Missouri

OL – Iosua Opeta, senior, 6-4, 305, Weber State

OL – Matt Pyke, senior, 6-2, 302, ETSU

OL – Tanner Volson, senior, 6-4, 306, North Dakota State


DL – Darryl Johnson Jr., junior, 6-5, 232, North Carolina A&T

DL – Isaiah Mack, senior, 6-3, 305, Chattanooga

DL – Derick Roberson, senior, 6-4, 250, Sam Houston State

DL – Khalen Saunders, senior, 6-2, 310, Western Illinois

LB – B.J. Blunt, senior, 6-1, 220, McNeese

LB – Zach Hall, junior, 6-0, 230, Southeast Missouri

LB – Dante Olson, junior, 6-3, 237, Montana

LB – Sterling Sheffield, senior, 6-2, 240, Maine

DB – Nasir Adderley, senior, 6-0, 200, Delaware

DB – Robbie Grimsley, senior, 6-0, 194, North Dakota State

DB – Jimmy Moreland, senior, 5-11, 175, James Madison

DB – Isiah Swann, junior, 6-0, 190, Dartmouth


PK – Roldan Alcobendas, senior, 6-0, 180, Eastern Washington

P – Alex Pechin, senior, 6-0, 200, Bucknell

LS – Patrick Eby, senior, 6-3, 235, Columbia

KR – Jean Constant, junior, 5-9, 177, Bryant

PR – D’Angelo Amos, sophomore, 6-1, 180, James Madison

AP – John Lovett, senior, 6-3, 225, Princeton



*QB – Chandler Burks, senior, 5-10, 190, Kennesaw State; Devlin Hodges, senior, 6-1, 205, Samford; or Easton Stick, senior, 6-2, 221

RB – James Robinson, junior, 5-10, 220, Illinois State

RB – Marquis Terry, senior, 5-7, 180, Southeast Missouri

FB – Andre Stoddard, senior, 5-10, 240, Wofford

WR – Jazz Ferguson, junior, 6-5, 223, Northwestern State

WR – Alexander Hollins, senior, 6-1, 170, Eastern Illinois

WR – Jesper Horsted, senior, 6-4, 225, Princeton

TE – Charlie Taumoepeau, junior, 6-3, 240, Portland State

OL – J’Von Brown, junior, 6-3, 350, Central Connecticut State

OL – Tytus Howard, senior 6-6, 311, Alabama State

OL – Zack Johnson, junior, 6-6, 316, North Dakota State

OL – Matt Kaskey, senior, 6-7, 325, Dartmouth

OL – Oli Udoh, senior, 6-5, 336, Elon


DL – Ahmad Gooden, senior, 6-2, 245, Samford

DL – Sully Laiche, junior, 6-2, 270, Nicholls

DL – Jay-Tee Tiuli, senior, 6-4, 315, Eastern Washington

DL – Nick Wheeler, junior, 6-2, 255, Colgate

LB – Jabril Cox, sophomore, 6-3, 231, North Dakota State

LB – Cam Gill, junior, 6-3, 230, Wagner

LB – Troy Reeder, senior, 6-3, 245, Delaware

LB – Pete Swenson, senior, 6-3, 230, Western Illinois

DB – Jordan Brown, senior, 6-1, 200, South Dakota State

DB – Abu Daramy-Swaray, junior, 5-10, 190, Colgate

DB – Manny Patterson, senior, 5-10, 180, Maine

DB – Tyree Robinson, sophomore, 5-11, 184, ETSU


PK – Austin Errthum, senior, 5-10, 180, UNI

P – Cade Coffey, sophomore, 6-1, 191, Idaho

LS – Steven Wethli, senior, 6-0, 230, Youngstown State

KR – Malik Wilson, senior, 5-11, 166, North Carolina A&T

PR – Booker Chambers, senior, 5-9, 185, Mississippi Valley State

AP – Tyrie Adams, junior, 6-2, 180, Western Carolina

AP – Shane Simpson, junior, 5-9, 200, Towson



*QB – Chandler Burks, senior, 5-10, 190, Kennesaw State; Devlin Hodges, senior, 6-1, 205, Samford; or Easton Stick, senior, 6-2, 221

RB – Ra’Quanne Dickens, senior, 5-10, 195, Incarnate Word

RB – James Holland Jr., senior, 5-9, 210, Colgate

RB – De’Shawn Waller, junior, 5-11, 210, Alcorn State

FB – Cal Daniels, senior, 6-2, 255, Stony Brook

WR – Juston Christian, senior, 6-0, 188, Marist

WR – Cade Johnson, sophomore, 5-10, 180, South Dakota State

WR – Kelvin McKnight, senior, 5-8, 186, Samford

WR – Reggie White Jr., senior, 6-3, 210, Monmouth

TE – Charles Scarff, TE, senior, 6-6, 270, Delaware

OL – Spencer Blackburn, senior, 6-2, 285, Eastern Washington

OL – Garrett Bowery, senior, 6-2, 303, Lamar

OL – C.J. Collins, senior, 6-3, 255, Kennesaw State

OL – Daniel Cooney, senior, 6-8, 315, San Diego

OL – Micah Shaw, senior, 6-1, 264, North Carolina A&T

OL – Cal Twait, senior, 6-5, 305, UNI


DL – Solomon Brown, senior, 6-1, 235, Charleston Southern

DL – Miles Brown, senior, 6-2, 320, Wofford

DL – Rocco Di Leo, senior, 6-3, 285, Dartmouth

DL – Greg Menard, senior, 6-2, 240, North Dakota State

DL – Nasir Player, junior, 6-5, 271, ETSU

LB – De’Arius Christmas, senior, 5-10, 220, Grambling State

LB – Anthony Gore Jr., senior 6-0, 201, Kennesaw State

LB – Jonas Griffith, junior, 6-4, 240, Indiana State

LB – Warren Messer, senior, 5-11, 227, Elon

LB – LeGrand Toia, senior, 6-2, 225, Weber State

DB – Davon Jernigan, senior, 6-0, 208, Lamar

DB – Hakeem Kinard, senior, 5-10, 200, Saint Francis

DB – Davanta Reynolds, senior, 5-10, 200, North Carolina Central

DB – Will Warner, junior, 6-3, 201, Drake


PK – Aidan O’Neill, junior, 6-1, 199, Towson

P – Chris Faddoul, sophomore, 6-1, 182, Florida A&M

P – Garret Wegner, sophomore, 6-0, 191, North Dakota State

LS – Patrick Keefe, senior, 5-11, 195, The Citadel

KR – Jimmie Robinson, senior, 5-8, 162, Bethune-Cookman

PR – Darrius Shepherd, senior, 5-11, 188, North Dakota State

AP – Troy Anderson, sophomore, 6-3, 215, Montana State

HERO Sports Sophomore All-America Team


NOTE: AP- All Purpose selection; ATH- Dual-threat QB; RS- Return specialist on special teams; ST- Special teams standout


QB Caylin Newton Howard

RB Wesley Dugger Davidson

RB Aaron Shampklin Harvard

RB Elijah Dotson Sacramento State

FB Clint Ratkovich Western Illinois

WR Bryce Nunnelly Chattanooga

WR Samuel Akem Montana

TE Owen Cosenke Western Carolina

OL Jack Badovinac Colgate

OL Drew Himmelman Illinois State

OL Liam Fornadel James Madison

OL Dillon Radunz North Dakota State

OL Ty Whitworth Weber State

ATH Troy Andersen Montana State



DL Romeo McKnight Illinois State

DL Jacob Bergstrom San Diego

DL Anthony Knighton Southern Illinois

DL Bryce Carter Towson

LB Jabril Cox North Dakota State

LB Glenn Cunningham Fordham

LB Bryson Armstrong Kennesaw State

LB Deshawn Stevens Maine

DB Tyree Robinson ETSU

DB Hayden Bourgeois Northwestern State

DB Zyon McCollum Sam Houston State

AP Cade Johnson South Dakota State



PK Trey Tuttle Weber State

P Chris Faddoul Florida A&M

RS D’Angelo Amos James Madison

RS Rashid Shaheed Weber State

ST Jace Lewis Montana



AP Dejoun Lee Delaware

QB Grant Breneman Colgate

QB Eric Barriere Eastern Washington

QB Zerrick Cooper Jacksonville State

RB Aaron Dawson Central Connecticut

RB Tyray Devezin Mercer

RB Pete Guerriero Monmouth

RB Isaiah Totten N.C. Central

RB Kyran Jackson Sam Houston State

RB Emilio Martinez San Diego

WR Jorge Portorreal Lehigh

WR Dai’Jean Dixon Nicholls

WR Tren’Davian Dickson Texas Southern

WR Jabari Allen Towson

WR Jared Harrell UC Davis

WR Kris Thornton VMI

TE Trae Barry Jacksonville State

TE Nick Muse William & Mary

OL Connor Mignone Central Connecticut

OL Zion Johnson Davidson

OL Brian Foley Holy Cross

OL Liam Dobson Maine

OL Lewis Kidd Montana State

OL Josh Burger Wofford

OL Blake Jeresaty Wofford

DL Simeon Page Bucknell

DL Nick Friedel San Diego

DL Malik Fisher Villanova

LB Andrew Lutgens Dayton

LB Wesley Bowers Georgetown

LB Charlie Patrick Kennesaw State

LB Ty Harris Western Carolina

DB Qwynnterrio Cole Alcorn State

DB DJ Exilhomme Central Connecticut

DB Justin Terry Monmouth

DB Evan Horn New Hampshire

DB Mac McCain III North Carolina A&T

DB Xavior Williams Northern Iowa

DB Korby Sander Northern Iowa

DB Bydarrius Knighten SEMO

DB D.J. Freeman SEMO

PK Grayson Atkins Furman

P Cade Coffey Idaho

P Garret Wegner North Dakota State

P D.J. Arnson Northern Arizona

HERO Sports Freshman All-America Team


NOTE: AP – All-Purpose; ATH- Dual-threat QB; RS- Return Specialist on Special teams;


QB Jon Copeland Incarnate Word

RB Pierre Strong South Dakota State

RB Ulonzo Gilliam UC Davis

WR DeJuan Miller Arkansas-Pine Bluff

WR Caleb Snead Campbell

WR Kyndel Dean James Madison

TE Jordan Murray Missouri State

OL Jayvion Queen Colgate

OL Connor Wood Montana State

OL Kyle Nunez Stony Brook

OL Haden Haas The Citadel

OL Jake Parks UC Davis

AP Josh Davis Weber State



DL Mickey Kane Butler

DL Mitchell Johnson Eastern Washington

DL Malik Hamm Lafayette

DL Krockett Krolikowski South Dakota State

LB Adrian Hope Furman

LB Ryan Greenhagen Fordham

LB Keontre Hampton Jackson State

LB Chris Kolarevic Northern Iowa

DB Dreylan Hines Davidson

DB Robby Hauck Montana

DB Christian Benford Villanova

DB Ronald Kent Jr. Western Carolina

AP Quay Holmes ETSU



PK Skyler Davis Elon

P Matthew Campbell The Citadel

RS Dakota Caton Indiana State

RS Isaac Foster Kennesaw State



QB Jack Cook Dayton

QB Ty Brock Sam Houston State

FB Garnett Nicolas Jacksonville

RB Ramon Jefferson Maine

RB Juwon Farri Monmouth

RB Isaiah Ifanse Montana State

WR Dev Holmes Albany

WR Andrew Boston Eastern Washington

WR Xavier Smith Florida A&M

WR Andrew Edgar Illinois State

TE Jakob Herres VMI

TE Dalton Kincaid San Diego

TE Miles Joiner Youngstown State

OL Tremond Shorts ETSU

OL Connor Pettek UC Davis

DL Devonnsha Maxwell Chattanooga

DL John Singleton Gardner-Webb

DL Spencer Waege North Dakota State

DL Nelson Jordan Samford

DL Jordan Lewis Southern U.

LB Jarrett Nagy Presbyterian

LB Luke Giegling Southern Illinois

LB Brett Howell VMI

DB Yul Gowdy Jacksonville State

DB Mohammed Diakite Penn

DB Chris Beverly The Citadel

DB Colin Loftis VMI

AP David Durden Mercer

P Steve Dawson Murray State

PK Adam Lippy N.C. Central

AP Deion McShane Northern Iowa

RS Myles Ward Northwestern State