At the FCS Awards banquet in Frisco, Texas on Friday night, University of Montana linebacker Dante Olson was named the Buck Buchanan Award winner as the top defensive player in the nation.

Olson was a finalist in 2018, placing third in the balloting.
In 2019, Olson had a multi record-breaking year, according to, the official University of Montana sports website, and here are the awards that Olson has garnered in 2019 alone.

FCS ADA Defensive Player of the Year

 Walter Camp All-American

 AFCA First-Team All-American

 STATS FCS First-Team All-American

 FCS ADA All-American

 Associated Press First-Team All-American

 HERO Sports First-Team All-American

 Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Year

 First-Team All-Big Sky Defense

 Phil Steele Magazine Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year

 Phil Steele Magazine First-Team All-Big Sky Defense

 Montana's Steve Carlson Award for Team MVP

 Montana Defensive Team MVP

 Golden Helmet Award Winner (Team’s Hardest Hitter)

 179 total tackles in 2019 (76 solo):

 The most total tackles in FCS football for a second-straight season.

 Also the most tackles in all levels of college football (FBS, FCS, D-II, D-III) as of 12/20/19

 A new Big Sky Conference record for most single-season tackles

Broke the Montana school record he set as a junior (151)

 Became Montana's all-time leading tackler with 397 career stops, breaking Vince Huntsberger's 2001 record of 393.

 Posted double-digit tackle totals in 10 of Montana’s 14 games

 Had a season-high 18 tackles in two games, Posted game-high 14 tackles (10 solo) against Oregon Ducks

 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete & William V. Campbell Trophy Finalist

 CoSIDA Academic All-American

 CoSIDA Academic All-District

 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Member

 Butkus Award Preseason Watch List (Only FCS Player on the list)

 Phil Steele Magazine Preseason All-America First Team

 Phil Steele Magazine Preseason All-Big Sky First Team

 Big Sky Conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

 STATS FCS Preseason All-American

 Athlon Sports Preseason All-American

 HERO Sports Preseason All-American

 College Football America Yearbook Preseason Starting Lineup

 Olson graduated from UM in the spring with honors and is expected to be selected in the upcoming NFL draft.


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