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Montana linebacker Dante Olson gets a hold of Montana State quarter back Troy Andersen as a flag is thrown in the first half.

MISSOULA — Montana linebacker Dante Olson earned his fourth All-American honor when he was named to the HERO Sports first team on Wednesday.

Olson has also been named an FCS first-team All-American by the Associated Press, was tabbed an FCS All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and was chosen as an FCS first-team All-American by STATS.

The Medford, Oregon, native is one of three finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in the FCS. He was an All-Big Sky first-team selection.

Olson broke the program's single-season tackles record (151), averaging 13.7 tackles per game, the best mark in the nation. He chipped in 11 tackles for loss, six sacks, five quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, three pass breakups and two interceptions in 11 games.

Montana State quarterback Troy Andersen was named to the second team as a dual-threat quarterback. He was named a third-team All-American as an all-purpose player by STATS on Tuesday.

Andersen ran for 1,412 yards and 21 touchdowns, and threw for 1,195 yards with three touchdowns and seven interceptions.

In total, 15 Big Sky Conference players made one of HERO Sports' three All-America teams.

Joining Olson on the first team were Cal Poly senior fullback Joe Protheroe, UC Davis wide receiver Keelan Doss, Eastern Washington senior kicker Roldan Alcobendas, Weber State special teams player Brady May and Weber State senior linebacker LeGrand Toia.

Joining Andersen on the second team were Portland State tight end Charlie Taumoepeau, Weber State senior offensive lineman Iosua Opeta and Weber State special teams player Rashid Shaheed.

The third team included Idaho State wide receiver Mitch Gueller, Idaho offensive lineman Noah Johnson, UC Davis quarterback Jake Maier, Weber State all-purpose player Josh Davis and Weber State defensive lineman Adam Rodriguez.

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