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Olson repeats as first-team AA choice

Former Cascade Christian standout football player Dante Olson capped his senior season at Montana with selection to the Associated Press FCS All-American first team.

Olson, a senior linebacker and a repeat choice on the top unit, was one of two Grizzlies honored after Montana enjoyed its first 10-win season since 2013.

The other honoree was wide receiver Samori Toure, who made the third team.

Olson led the FCS in tackles for two straight seasons and broke the Big Sky Conference 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.

Olson was also named the Big Sky co-Defensive Player of the Year, a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, a CoSIDA Academic All-American and earned a place on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team as well.

The Buck Buchanan Award finalist is the first Grizzly since Jordan Tripp in 2012-13 to earn back-to-back All-America recognition from the Associated Press.

He will find out if he is the winner of the Buchanan Award on Jan. 10 at the STATS FCS Awards Banquet in Frisco, Texas, on the eve of the national championship game.

Toure, a junior from Portland, set the FCS playoff record of 303 receiving yards against Southeastern Louisiana and for the season had school-record 87 catches for 1,495 yards.

Olson and Toure were two of 14 players from the Big Sky Conference selected to one of three AP All-America teams.

Defending national champion North Dakota State placed two players on the first team and five players on the three teams.

The team, released Tuesday and presented by Regions Bank, was selected by a panel of 11 members of the media who cover the Football Championship Subdivision.