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Former Montana linebacker Dante Olson invited to NFL Combine

Posted: 1:53 PM, Feb 07, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-08 11:52:49-05
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MISSOULA -- Former Montana linebacker Dante Olson was invited to the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, which was officially announced on Friday.

Olson's invite comes almost exactly a month after the Medford, Oregon, native won the Buck Buchanan Award, which is given to the top defensive player in the FCS.

Those invited to the NFL Combine tend to be the players most likely to be selected in the NFL Draft come April.

Olson finished his Grizzly career as Montana's all-time leader in tackles with 397, a feat he accomplished in just two seasons as a starter. This past season, Olson helped lead Montana back to the FCS playoffs for the first time since 2015 as the Griz earned a first-round bye before beating Southeastern Louisiana to advance to the quarterfinal round, where they ultimately fell to Weber State.

In 2019, Olson led the FCS with 179 tackles, which set a new single-season mark at UM. He finished with 11 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception.

Olson becomes the first Grizzly since Zack Wagenmann in 2015 to compete of the combine.

The NFL Combine will begin on Feb. 23 and will end on March 2. The Combine is held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The 2020 NFL Draft is April 23-25 in Paradise, Nevada.