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Montana linebacker Dante Olson, from Cascade Christian.

Olson: One-man wrecking crew

Former Cascade Christian football player Dante Olson, a junior linebacker for Montana, was named the the STATS FCS national defensive player of the week, the organization announced Monday.

The award came on the heels of Olson’s second straight top defensive award in the Big Sky Conference.

The Olson posted 16 tackles against Drake, seven of which were solo. He also had 3.5 tackles for loss, forced a fumble, broke up a pass and posted two sacks in the span of three plays.

Olson is tied for third in the FCS with a total of 29 tackles and leads the Big Sky in average tackles per game with 14.5. He also leads the Big Sky and is tied for sixth nationally in sacks with three at an average of 1.5 per game

“That’s a pretty big day,” said head coach Bobby Hauck following Saturday’s game. “He’s obviously off to a great start to the season. We need him to be that guy.”

Olson’s 16 tackles were by far the most of any defender in the Big Sky in Week 2, with the closest competitors notching 12 takedowns (Landon Stice of Weber State and Keifer Glau of UNC).

His two sacks tied for the most of any other player in the league this season as well.

Olson also received a tip of the cap from the college sports publication College Sports Madness, earning their Big Sky defensive player of the week award for a second straight week as well on Sunday.

Vega honored

Southern Oregon senior running back Rey Vega was voted a Frontier Conference player of the week for the third time as a Raider on Monday, collecting the offensive award for his performance in a 35-28 win Saturday against The College of Idaho.

Vega took 24 carries 158 yards against the Yotes and sparked the victory with a 35-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a 22-yard scoring run in the fourth that put the Raiders up two scores.

It was his eighth consecutive game with at least one rushing TD, and he became the ninth Raider ever to compile 20 rushing TDs in a career.

Through two weeks, Vega ranks No. 8 in the NAIA and No. 2 in the Frontier at 131 rushing yards per game. Dating back to last season, he’s surpassed the 100-yard mark in four of his last six starts.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, the No. 3-ranked Raiders will host No. 23 Montana Tech in another Frontier battle.

In last year’s matchup with the Diggers, Vega scored three touchdowns with 155 total yards.

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