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Montana Grizzlies' linebacker Dante Olson adds Walter Camp all-American to impressive resume

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Posted at 5:21 PM, Jan 06, 2020

(Editor's note: University of Montana athletics release)

Montana linebacker Dante Olson picked up his sixth all-American accolade of the 2019 postseason on Monday, earning a place on the prestigious Walter Camp FCS all-America Team –- one of just 25 players nationwide selected for the honor.

A consensus all-American, Olson has been named a first-team all-American by every major FCS publication and organization that publishes an all-America team: HERO Sports, the Associated Press, the FCS Athletic Directors Association, STATS, the American Football Coaches Association, and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

This is the second-straight season Olson has been named to the Walter Camp all-America Team after leading the FCS in tackles for two years in a row. He is one of just three players to earn back-to-back Walter Camp all-America accolades, and one of only four players from the Big Sky Conference to make this year's team.

Olson posted the second-most tackles in all of college football during his senior season with 179 total stops, breaking the Big Sky Conference record for single-season tackles and his own school record he previously set as a junior.

In just two years as a starter, Olson finished his career at Montana with 397 total tackles to become the leading tackler in UM history, passing Grizzly Sports Hall of Famer Vince Huntsberger's school-record 393 career tackles.

As a reflection of his two seasons of dominance at Montana, STATS also placed Olson on its all-decade team of the best players of the 2010s in FCS football, released on New Year's Eve. He is the only Grizzly to earn a place on the list of the FCS's best of the last 10 seasons.

Olson will be in Frisco, Texas, on Thursday as one of three finalists for the STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award. He will find out if he is to become the third Grizzly in program history to be named Defensive Player of the Year at the STATS FCS Awards Banquet, held annually on the eve of the FCS national championship game. He finished third in the voting for the 2018 Buchanan Award as a junior after finishing the year with 151 tackles.

The Medford, Ore., native graduated from the University of Montana in December with a 3.91 GPA and a degree in business management and has relocated to California to train for the Grizzlies' annual pro day, where he will showcase his ability for NFL scouts.

In addition to his six all-America honors, Olson was also selected as a National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete, and earned a place on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for his community service work.

2019 Walter Camp FCS All-America Team


Pos. Name, School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown

WR Chris Rowland, Tennessee State 5-8 180 Sr. Nolensville, TN

WR Cade Johnson, South Dakota State 5-10 180 Jr. Papillion, NE

TE Adam Trautman, Dayton 6-6 253 Sr. Williamsburg, MI

OL Dillon Radunz, North Dakota State 6-6 298 Jr. Becker, MN

OL Zach Johnson, Fordham 6-5 290 Sr. Blaine, MN

OL PJ Burkhalter, Nicholls State 6-3 330 R-Jr. Franklinton, LA

OL Jackson Scott-Brown, Northern Iowa 6-4 321 Sr. Council Bluffs, IA

C Zach Larsen, Southern Utah* 6-1 301 Sr. Draper, UT

QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State 6-3 221 R-Fr. Marshall, MN

RB James Robinson, Illinois State 5-10 220 Sr. Rockford, IL

RB Pete Guerriero, Monmouth 5-10 190 Jr. Lyndhurst, NJ

PK Luis Aguilar, Northern Arizona 6-1 190 Jr. Nogales, AZ


Pos. Name, School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown

DL Derrek Tuszka, North Dakota State 6-5 246 Sr. Warner, SD

DL Ron’Dell Carter, James Madison 6-3 269 R-Sr. Baltimore, MD

DL Sully Laiche, Nicholls State 6-2 270 Sr. Gramercy, LA

DL Aaron Patrick, Eastern Kentucky 6-4 245 R-Sr. Dayton, OH

LB Dante Olson, Montana* 6-3 240 R-Sr. Medford, OR

LB Zach Hall, Southeast Missouri State* 6-0 238 Sr. Louisville, KY

LB Christian Rozeboom, South Dakota St. 6-2 230 Sr. Sioux City, IA

DB Kordell Jackson, Austin Peay 5-11 163 Jr. Birmingham, AL

DB Anthony Adams, Portland State 6-0 180 Soph. Newburg, OR

DB Brandon Easterling, Dayton 6-0 203 Jr. Fairborn, OH

DB Greg Liggs, Elon 5-11 198 Sr. Greensboro, NC

P Alex Pechin, Bucknell 6-0 210 Sr. Kennett Square, PA

KR Earnest Edwards, Maine 5-10 175 Sr. Rochester, NY

* 2018 Walter Camp All-American

STATS FCS 2010s All-Decade Team


Position, Player, School, Final FCS Season

QB - Jeremiah Briscoe, Sam Houston State, 2017

RB - Chase Edmonds, Fordham, 2017

RB - Zach Zenner, South Dakota State, 2014

FB - Eric Breitenstein, Wofford, 2012

WR - Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington, 2016

WR - Jake Wieneke, South Dakota State, 2017

TE - Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State, 2017

OL - Joe Haeg, North Dakota State, 2015

OL - Ben Ijalana, Villanova, 2010

OL - Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T, 2017

OL - Collin Seibert, Eastern Illinois, 2014

OL - Billy Turner, North Dakota State, 2013

AP - David Johnson, Northern Iowa, 2014


DL - P.J. Hall, Sam Houston State, 2017

DL - Javon Hargrave, South Carolina State, 2015

DL - Brent Russell, Georgia Southern, 2012

DL - Davis Tull, Chattanooga, 2014

LB - Nick DeLuca, North Dakota State, 2017

LB - Matt Evans, New Hampshire, 2012

LB - Darius Leonard, South Carolina State, 2017

LB - Dante Olson, Montana, 2019

LB - Christian Rozeboom, South Dakota State, 2019

DB - Dee Delaney, The Citadel, 2016

DB - Jimmy Moreland, James Madison, 2018

DB - Donald Payne, Stetson, 2016

DB - Marcus Williams, North Dakota State, 2013

Special Teams

PK - Aidan O'Neill, Towson, 2019

P - Alex Pechin, Bucknell, 2019

KR - Xavier Roberson, Southeastern Louisiana, 2015

PR - Khris Gardin, North Carolina A&T, 2017

RS - Willie Quinn, Southern, 2016