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  02/10/20 - Dante OlsonrSr/2020, Montana, 6-2, 237 (DS#11 ILB) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Dante Olson, ILB, Montana,...Olson will join 336 other prospects at this year's combine, all looking to make their NFL dreams come true. Workouts begin on Thursday, Feb. 27, with tight ends, quarterbacks and wideouts. Olson is set to compete with fellow linebackers and defensive lineman on Saturday, Feb. 29. One of 44 linebackers to receive an invite to the combine, Olson is the only player at that position from the FCS ranks to receive an invite, and one of just 12 players from the subdivision to book a trip to Indy. The only other player from the Big Sky Conference to receive an invite was Portland State tight end Charlie Taumoepeau. Since earning his degree from UM in December, Olson has been living in Northern California training for his combine opportunity. He is the first Grizzly since Zack Wagenmann in 2015 to compete at the combine. - Montana Football

(DS#11 ILB) rSr/2020 ILB Dante OlsonMontana
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  01/12/20 - Dante OlsonrSr/2020, Montana, 6-2, 237 (DS#11 ILB) + More +

  2019 AFCA FCS COACHES' FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: LB Dante Olson, R-Sr., Montana,...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 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 Montana history, passing Grizzly Sports Hall of Famer Vince Huntsberger's school-record 393 career tackles. - Montana Football

(DS#11 ILB) rSr/2020 ILB Dante OlsonMontana
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  01/11/20 - Dante OlsonrSr/2020, Montana, 6-2, 237 (DS#11 ILB) + More +

  2019 BUCK BUCHANAN AWARD WINNER: Every. Single. Award. Montana linebacker Dante Olson has taken home virtually every award an FCS football player can earn after leading the subdivision in tackles for a second-straight season with an eyewatering 179 stops as a senior. A consensus All-American, he's already earned Montana's Steve Carlson team MVP award, the Big Sky's Defensive Player of the Year award, Phil Steele Magazine's Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year, and the FCS Athletic Directors Association Defensive MVP. That's not to mention the prestigious awards he's taken home for his work off the field as a National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete and William V. Campbell Trophy Finalist and a member of the 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.

Olson cemented his place in Grizzly history as a Buchanan Award winner by beating out a field of 26 semifinalists, including Ron'Dell Carter of James Madison and Sully Laiche of Nicholls, both defensive ends. Carter, the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year, finished the regular season with 25.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks, while Laiche had similar to the Southland Conference's Defensive Player of the Year with 22.5 TFLs and 12 sacks. - Montana Football


(DS#11 ILB) rSr/2020 ILB Dante OlsonMontana
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  12/20/19 - Dante OlsonrSr/2020, Montana, 6-2, 237 (DS#11 ILB) + More +

  Illinois State running back James Robinson and Montana linebacker Dante Olson headline the 2019 AFCA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Coaches' All-America Team announced today by the American Football Coaches Association. The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves. Robinson led the Missouri Valley Football Conference in rushing yards (1,917), yards per game (127.8) and touchdowns (18). He recorded eight 100-plus yard rushing efforts, including a school-record breaking 297-yard effort in the first-round at Southeast Missouri State. After leading the FCS in tackles for two-straight seasons, Olson repeated as an AFCA All-American after breaking the Big Sky record for tackles in a season with 179. In just two seasons as a starter, Olson became Montana's all-time leader in tackles with 397 stops. He also added 11 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and four passes defended. - American Football Coaches Association

(DS#11 ILB) rSr/2020 ILB Dante OlsonMontana
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  12/07/19 - Samori TourerSr/2021, Montana, 6-2, 190 (DS#28 WR) + More +

  Dalton Sneed threw five touchdown passes and Marcus Knight rushed for three scores to lead the Montana Grizzlies' 73-28 rout of Southeast Louisiana in a FCS second-round playoff game on Saturday. Knight, a sophomore running back, also caught a touchdown pass as he set Montana's single-season marks for rushing touchdowns (23) and total touchdowns (25). Sneed's threw three touchdown passes to Samori Toure, who set Montana's single-game record with 303 receiving yards on 12 catches. Toure also broke the FCS playoff mark for yards, set by Marshall's Randy Moss. Moss had 288 against Delaware in 1996.

Knight's scoring reception came with eight seconds left in the first half, after SLU had gotten a 52-yard touchdown pass from Chason Virgil to CJ Turrner at the 1:17 mark. Montana (10-3) led 38-21 at halftime and went up 45-21 when Sneed found Toure for 29 yards and a touchdown at 14:03 of the third quarter. Toure's other touchdowns covered 62 and 47 yards. The first came on Montana.s first offensive play and the latter made it 65-28 with 13:11 left in the game. Montana also had an 81-yard kickoff return by Malik Flowers and a safety from Eli Alford. In the final minutes Corbin Walker scored on a 47-yard interception return. Sneed was 29 of 45 passing for a career-high 459 yards including a 15-yard scoring strike to Mitch Roberts. That offset the efforts of the Lions. Virgil, who threw for 436 yards and four touchdowns. - AP College Football


(DS#28 WR) rSr/2021 WR Samori ToureMontana
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  11/27/19 - Dante OlsonrSr/2020, Montana, 6-2, 237 (DS#11 ILB) + More +

  2019 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Inside Linebacker Dante Olson, Senior, Montana,...Olson, who started the year as the league's Preseason Defensive MVP, lived up to the hype in 2019 once again leading the FCS in total tackles. To get there, he posted double-digit tackles in eight of Montana's 12 games, including a season-high 18 stops against Montana State and Idaho State and a game-high 14 against the Oregon Ducks. Not only were his 151 tackles the best in the league and FCS, they are the second-most in all of D-I football to date after California's Evan Weaver, who currently leads the nation with 164 stops. Combined with his junior season total of 151, Olson now has 302 tackles in 23 games as a two-year starter (an average of 13.1 per game), bringing his career total to 369, just 25 shy of breaking Montana's all-time record of 393 set by Vince Huntsberger (1998-2001). - Montana Football

(DS#11 ILB) rSr/2020 ILB Dante OlsonMontana
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  11/27/19 - Jace LewisrSr/2021, Montana, 6-0, 230 (DS#20 ILB) + More +

  2019 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Inside Linebacker Jace Lewis, Junior, Montana,...Lewis finished the regular season at the Big Sky's fourth-leading tackler with 116 stops to his name a top-20 finisher in sacks (4.0) and tackles for loss (9.5). He posted double-digit tackle totals in five of UM's last eight games, including a career-high 17 at Sacramento State and 16 to earn Big Sky Player of the Week honors against Weber State along with Toure. - Montana Football

(DS#20 ILB) rSr/2021 ILB Jace LewisMontana
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  11/27/19 - Samori TourerSr/2021, Montana, 6-2, 190 (DS#28 WR) + More +

  2019 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Wide Receiver Samori Toure, Junior, Montana,...Toure went on a tear in the second half of the 2019 season, scoring seven touchdowns and racking up 517 receiving yards in the last four games to bring his season total to 10 TDs. His season total of 1,107 is the seventh-highest single-season total in Grizzly history as he becomes the first Grizzly since Jamaal Jones in 2015 to cross the 1,000-yard mark. He posted a career-high 193 yards and three touchdowns against Weber State to earn his first Big Sky Player of the Week honors as well. - Montana Football

(DS#28 WR) rSr/2021 WR Samori ToureMontana
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  11/27/19 - Jerry Louie-McGeerSr/2020, Montana, 5-09, 171 (DS#183 WR) + More +

  2019 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Punt Returner Jerry Louie-McGee, Senior, Montana,...Louie-McGee was Montana's only other unanimous first-team selection as a punt returner, and for good reason. "Mr. Electricity" led the league in punt return yards by more than 8 yards per attempt with a 17.1 yards per return average - the fourth-most in the FCS. The senior also became Montana's all-time leader in pass receptions this season, bringing his record-setting total to 221 – currently tied for the 11th-most in Big Sky history. - Montana Football

(DS#183 WR) rSr/2020 WR Jerry Louie-McGeeMontana
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  11/27/19 - Robby HauckrJr/2022, Montana, 5-10, 185 (DS#19 FS) + More +

  2019 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): Defensive Back Robby Hauck, Sophomore, Montana,...After receiving an all-conference honorable mention as a freshman, Hauck landed second-team honors after finishing third in the Big Sky in tackles with 120, good enough to place him thirteenth in the FCS in tackling and giving him the second-most tackles in the nation for a defensive back. Hauck's career tackle total currently sits at 215, placing him among UM's top-40 all-time tacklers with two seasons yet to play. - Montana Football

(DS#19 FS) rJr/2022 FS Robby HauckMontana
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  11/27/19 - Samuel AkemrSr/2021, Montana, 6-3, 201 (DS#75 WR) + More +

  2019 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): Wide Receiver Samuel Akem, Junior, Montana,...Akem was on pace for a 1,000-yard season before missing the final two games of the regular season due to injury with 848 total receiving yards – still the fourth-most in the conference. The junior also hauled in 59 catches, the fourth-most per-game in the conference. With 1,934 career yards and one year left to play, Akem is poised to become one of the top receivers in program history, currently sitting at No. 17 on UM's all-time list. - Montana Football

(DS#75 WR) rSr/2021 WR Samuel AkemMontana
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  11/27/19 - Jesse SimsrSr/2020, Montana, 6-3, 280 (DS#81 DT) + More +

  2019 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DT Jesse Sims, Senior, Montana,...Sims, the #37 legacy jersey bearer, led Montana's defensive line from the front as the Grizzlies' seventh-leading tackler with 46 stops, 4.5 TFLs, 2.5 sacks, and a forced fumble. - Montana Football

(DS#81 DT) rSr/2020 DT Jesse SimsMontana
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  11/27/19 - Cy SirmonrSr/2020, Montana, 6-2, 290 (DS#40 C) + More +

  2019 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): Offensive Line Cy Sirmon, Senior, Montana,...With Montana's offense averaging 150.2 rushing yards-per-game, Cy Sirmon and Conlan Beaver were big contributors to UM's improved ground game in 2019. Sirmon took over the starting center duties as a senior after playing four different positions in his career. Beaver has been a staple at left tackle since arriving in Missoula, 31 appearances and 22 starts. - Montana Football

(DS#40 C) rSr/2020 C Cy SirmonMontana
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  11/27/19 - Conlan BeaverrSr/2021, Montana, 6-5, 301 (DS#999 OT) + More +

  2019 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): Offensive Line Conlan Beaver, Junior, Montana,...With Montana's offense averaging 150.2 rushing yards-per-game, Cy Sirmon and Conlan Beaver were big contributors to UM's improved ground game in 2019. Sirmon took over the starting center duties as a senior after playing four different positions in his career. Beaver has been a staple at left tackle since arriving in Missoula, 31 appearances and 22 starts. - Montana Football

(DS#999 OT) rSr/2021 OT Conlan BeaverMontana
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  11/27/19 - Marcus KnightJr/2022, Montana, 6-0, 194 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  2019 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (COACHES): Running Back Marcus Knight, Sophomore, Montana,...In his first year at Montana, Knight has not only solidified the Grizzly ground game, he's put together one of the best single-season rushing efforts in program history with a Big-Sky best 21 touchdowns to earn the league's Newcomer of the Year award. With 930 yards rushing, Knight is one the cusp of becoming the first Grizzly to rush for over 1000 yards in a season since Jordan Canada ran for 1,207 in 2014.

Only the great Chase Reynolds has scored more points or ran for more touchdowns in a season than Knight in his first year as a Grizzly. Since arriving at UM from Citrus College in the spring, he's rushed for 20 TDs, needing just two more to break Reynolds' single-season record of 22 he set in both 2008 and 2009. With one receiving TD added to his tally, Knight again follows only Reynolds in the Montana record book for total touchdowns in a season, chasing his 2008 total of 23 and his 2009 total of 24, and with 126, only Reynolds has scored more points than Knight in a season as well. - Montana Football


(DS#999 RB) Jr/2022 RB Marcus KnightMontana
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