UM’s Dante Olson Wins 2019 FCS Buck Buchanan Award
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 Gogriz.com, 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.