Big Sky-Best Five Griz Named All-American by HERO Sports

A Big Sky Conference-best five Montana Grizzlies have earned All-America honors from HERO Sports, the online sports news outlet announced Monday – the first of several FCS All-America lists to be released in the coming weeks. The Griz had two first-team selections, one second-team pick, and a pair of third-team honorees to lead the league.

Recognized as first-team All-Americans were a pair of UM record-breakers in linebacker Dante Olson, who became the Big Sky’s all-time leading tackler on Friday, and wide receiver Samori Toure, who posted the most single-season receiving yards in Montana history.

Olson, a top-three finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, repeated as a HERO Sports first-team All-American after leading all of Division-I football (FCS and FBS) in total tackles for a second-straight season, capping his phenomenal senior year with a school and conference record 179 stops.

Toure also etched his name in the FCS record books, breaking Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss’ 1996 record for most receiving yards in a playoff game with 303 against Southeastern Louisiana.

Robby Hauck earned second-team honors as a sophomore after picking up a Freshman All-American nod in 2018 following his second-straight season as one of the top-ten tacklers in the Big Sky. Hauck finished the year as UM’s third-leading tackler with 129 stops, now tied with Colt Anderson and his uncle Tim Hauck for the fifth most stops in a single season in UM history.

In just two seasons, Hauck is already one of the top-40 tacklers in program history with 224 tackles in 25 games, an average of nearly nine per-game.

Electrifying punt returner and record-setting wide receiver Jerry Louie-McGee earned third-team All-America honors as a returner.

The senior finished his career tied with Marc Mariani and Levander Seagers for the most punt return touchdowns in program history (three), and No. 6 among UM’s all-time leaders in punt return yards per game. He also shattered Montana’s all-time pass reception record with 230 in his illustrious career.

Rounding-out Montana’s haul of All-America honorees was Big Sky Newcomer of the Year Marcus Knight, who also etched his name in the Grizzly record books with 1,030 rushing yards and 25 total touchdowns for 150 points – the second-most in all of D-I football behind Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor.

In his first year at UM, Knight became the Grizzlies’ all-time leader in single-season rushing touchdowns, total touchdowns, and scoring, breaking Chase Reynolds’ 2008 and 2009 school records.

Montanans on HERO SPORTS All-America Teams

First Team
WR – Samori Toure, Jr., Montana
LB – Dante Olson, Sr., Montana

Second Team
DB – Robby Hauck, So., Montana

Third Team
RB – Marcus Knight, So., Montana
PR – Jerry Louie-McGee, Sr., Montana

Complete HERO Sports All-America Team – By School

3RD TEAM LB Jeremiah Chambers Sr. Abilene Christian
1ST TEAM RB Jordan Bentley Sr. Alabama A&M
3RD TEAM LS Colton Menges Sr. Alcorn State
1ST TEAM WR DeAngelo Wilson Jr. Austin Peay
1ST TEAM ATH JaVaughn Craig Sr. Austin Peay
1ST TEAM DB Kordell Jackson Jr. Austin Peay
3RD TEAM OL Kyle Anderton Sr. Austin Peay
1ST TEAM P Alex Pechin Sr. Bucknell
3RD TEAM DB Isiah Swann Sr. Dartmouth
1ST TEAM TE Adam Trautman Sr. Dayton
3RD TEAM DB Brandon Easterling Jr. Dayton
3RD TEAM DL Aaron Patrick Sr. Eastern Kentucky
3RD TEAM QB Eric Barriere Jr. Eastern Washington
1ST TEAM DB Greg Liggs, Jr. Sr. Elon
2ND TEAM DL Nasir Player Sr. ETSU
2ND TEAM P Chris Faddoul Jr. Florida A&M
2ND TEAM DL Andre Walker Sr. Houston Baptist
3RD TEAM KR Gamar Brito Sr. Houston Baptist
1ST TEAM RB James Robinson Sr. Illinois State
1ST TEAM DB Luther Kirk Sr. Illinois State
3RD TEAM OL Drew Himmelman Jr. Illinois State
3RD TEAM LB Jonas Griffith Sr. Indiana State
1ST TEAM LS Josh Brady Sr. Jacksonville State
2ND TEAM WR Josh Pearson Sr. Jacksonville State
2ND TEAM DB Marlon Bridges Sr. Jacksonville State
1ST TEAM OL Mac Patrick Sr. James Madison
1ST TEAM DL Ron’Dell Carter Sr. James Madison
2ND TEAM QB Ben DiNucci Sr. James Madison
2ND TEAM DL John Daka Sr. James Madison
2ND TEAM LB Dimitri Holloway Sr. James Madison
2ND TEAM ST D’Angelo Amos Jr. James Madison
3RD TEAM RB Percy Agyei-Obese Jr. James Madison
3RD TEAM OL Liam Fornadel Jr. James Madison
3RD TEAM DB Adam Smith Sr. James Madison
3RD TEAM PK Ethan Ratke Jr. James Madison
2ND TEAM LB Bryson Armstrong Jr. Kennesaw State
3RD TEAM FB Bronson Rechsteiner Sr. Kennesaw State
1ST TEAM KR Earnest Edwards Sr. Maine
1ST TEAM RB Pete Guerriero Jr. Monmouth
3RD TEAM QB Kenji Bahar Sr. Monmouth
3RD TEAM OL John Gallina Sr. Monmouth
1ST TEAM WR Samori Toure Jr. Montana
1ST TEAM LB Dante Olson Sr. Montana
2ND TEAM DB Robby Hauck Soph. Montana
3RD TEAM RB Marcus Knight Soph. Montana
3RD TEAM PR Jerry Louie-McGee Sr. Montana
1ST TEAM ATH Troy Andersen Jr. Montana State
2ND TEAM OL Mitch Brott Sr. Montana State
2ND TEAM DL Bryce Sterk Sr. Montana State
2ND TEAM DB Brayden Konkol Sr. Montana State
1ST TEAM DL Sully Laiche Sr. Nicholls
2ND TEAM OL PJ Burkhalter Jr. Nicholls
3RD TEAM LB Allen Pittman Sr. Nicholls
2ND TEAM RB Jah-Maine Martin Jr. North Carolina A&T
2ND TEAM OL Marcus Pettiford Sr. North Carolina A&T
3RD TEAM LB Donnell Rodgers Sr. North Dakota
1ST TEAM QB Trey Lance Fr. North Dakota State
1ST TEAM OL Dillon Radunz Jr. North Dakota State
1ST TEAM OL Zack Johnson Sr. North Dakota State
1ST TEAM DL Derrek Tuszka Sr. North Dakota State
1ST TEAM LB Jabril Cox Jr. North Dakota State
2ND TEAM OL Cordell Volson Jr. North Dakota State
2ND TEAM DB James Hendricks Sr. North Dakota State
3RD TEAM TE Ben Ellefson Sr. North Dakota State
1ST TEAM PK Luis Aguilar Jr. Northern Arizona
2ND TEAM QB Case Cookus Sr. Northern Arizona
3RD TEAM P DJ Arnson Jr. Northern Arizona
3RD TEAM WR Isaiah Weston Soph. Northern Iowa
3RD TEAM DL Elerson Smith Jr. Northern Iowa
2ND TEAM TE Charlie Taumoepeau Sr. Portland State
1ST TEAM OL Kyle Murphy Sr. Rhode Island
1ST TEAM WR Aaron Parker Sr. Rhode Island
2ND TEAM KR Ahmere Dorsey Sr. Rhode Island
1ST TEAM QB Kevin Thomson Jr. Sacramento State
2ND TEAM AP Elijah Dotson Jr. Sacramento State
2ND TEAM LB Da’Jon Lee Sr. Saint Francis
2ND TEAM PR Montrell Washington Jr. Samford
3RD TEAM WR Michael Bandy Sr. San Diego
1ST TEAM LB Zach Hall Sr. SEMO
2ND TEAM WR Kristian Wilkerson Sr. SEMO
1ST TEAM OL Alex Taylor Sr. South Carolina State
1ST TEAM LB Christian Rozeboom Sr. South Dakota State
2ND TEAM RB Pierre Strong Jr. Soph. South Dakota State
2ND TEAM LS Bradey Sorenson Sr. South Dakota State
3RD TEAM WR Cade Johnson Jr. South Dakota State
3RD TEAM DB Ferlando Jordan Soph. Southeastern Louisiana
1ST TEAM DB Jeremy Chinn Sr. Southern Illinois
1ST TEAM AP Chris Rowland Sr. Tennessee State
3RD TEAM ATH Brandon Rainey Jr. The Citadel
2ND TEAM RB Karl Mofor Jr. UAlbany
2ND TEAM WR Juwan Green Sr. UAlbany
3RD TEAM DL Eli Mencer Sr. UAlbany
1ST TEAM PR Terry Williams Sr. UT Martin
3RD TEAM AP Alex Ramsey Jr. VMI
2ND TEAM LB Cam Gill Sr. Wagner
1ST TEAM DL Jonah Williams Sr. Weber State
2ND TEAM PK Trey Tuttle Jr. Weber State
3RD TEAM RB Josh Davis Soph. Weber State
3RD TEAM DL LaCale London Sr. Western Illinois
1ST TEAM ST Bill Murray Sr. William & Mary
2ND TEAM ATH Joe Newman Sr. Wofford
3RD TEAM OL Justus Basinger Sr. Wofford
2ND TEAM OL Dieter Eiselen Sr. Yale
3RD TEAM ST Spencer Matthaei Sr. Yale