Griz LB Olson one of three finalists for defensive award
Montana Grizzlies junior linebacker Dante Olson is among three finalists for top defensive honors in the FCS.
Olson, who recorded the season’s FCS single-game high with 24 tackles, will join fellow junior linebacker Zach Hall of Southeast Missouri and senior defensive end Derick Roberson of Sam Houston State at the annual STATS FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation in January.
The Medford, Oregon, native finished the 2018 season with a school-record 151 tackles overall. That’s 13.7 per game – which ranks No. 1 nationally. He earned both defensive MVP and team MVP honors at the Grizzlies’ annual team awards banquet and was the only Grizzly to earn first-team All-Big Sky Conference honors.
Olson’s stat line for 2018 also included 11 tackles for loss, six sacks, two interceptions, three pass breakups, five quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles over the course of the 11-game season.
The winner of the 2018 STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award, which goes annually to an outstanding defensive player in the Division I subdivision, will be named at the banquet on the eve of the national championship game in Frisco, Texas.
Montana has had 11 previous finalists for the award and two winners: Kroy Biermann (2007) and Tyrone Holmes (2015).