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Montana linebacker Dante Olson (33) and Montana linebacker Josh Buss (42) celebrate with the Little Brown Stein after the Grizzlies' win over Idaho. Olson was named the team's MVP on Sunday.

MISSOULA — The Montana Grizzlies announced their football award winners at a team banquet on Sunday, one day after their season ended with a loss to Montana State.

Junior linebacker Dante Olson was named both the overall MVP, as voted on by the team, and the defensive MVP. Olson set a school record with 151 total tackles, the most in the country, and had 11 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and two interceptions.

Junior quarterback Dalton Sneed was named the offensive MVP, tallying 3,398 yards of total offense, the second-best mark in the conference, and 28 total touchdowns.

Sophomore wide receiver Sammy Akem picked up the Terry Dillon Award for outstanding back or receiver after grabbing 13 touchdowns, tied for sixth most in the country.

Malik Flowers and Mike McGinnis, a Sidney native, were named the Hauck Family special teams players of the year. Flowers had a 95-yard touchdown return against Western Illinois.

Safeties Robby Hauck and Gavin Robertson each got the Golden Helmet Award as the team's hardest hitters.

Sophomore left tackle Conlan Beaver got the Paul Weskamp Award for the top offensive lineman.

David Shaw and Jesse Sims, a Stevensville native and Corvallis grad, shared the Larry Miller Award for outstanding defensive lineman.

Senior linebacker Josh Buss won the Pat Norwood Award for being the most inspirational player.

As the players who best represent Griz football, fifth-year seniors Reggie Tilleman and Kyle Davis shared the Tony Barbour Award.

True freshman Garrett Graves, a Eureka native, was picked as the offensive scout team player of the year, while sophomore walk-on transfer Patrick O'Connell, a Kalispell native, was tabbed as the defensive scout team player of the year.

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Frank Gogola covers Griz football and prep sports for the Missoulian. Follow him on Twitter @FrankGogola or email him at

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