MISSOULA — Montana linebacker Dante Olson picked up his third All-American honor when he was named to the first team by STATS on Tuesday.
Olson, who is one of three finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in the FCS, is the lone Big Sky Conference defensive player on the first team. Last week, he was named an FCS first-team All-American by the Associated Press and was tabbed as an FCS All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
The Medford, Oregon, native was also 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 third team as an all-purpose player. He ran for 1,412 yards and 21 touchdowns, and threw for 1,195 yards with three touchdowns and seven interceptions.
In total, 11 Big Sky Conference players made one of STATS' three All-America teams.
Joining Olson on the first team were Cal Poly senior fullback Joe Protheroe, UC Davis wide receiver Keelan Doss, Weber State senior offensive lineman Iosua Opeta and Eastern Washington senior kicker Roldan Alcobendas. Protheroe and Doss and repeat winners.
Making the second team were Portland State tight end Charlie Taumoepeau, Eastern Washington senior defensive lineman Jay-Tee Tiuli and Idaho sophomore punter Cade Coffey.
Joining Andersen on the third team were Eastern Washington senior offensive lineman Spencer Blackburn and Weber State senior linebacker LeGrand Toia.