Whitefish’s Crittenden Named Finalist for Little Sullivan Award

Crittenden was one of four men and four women named as Montana finalists

By Dillon Tabish
Derek Crittenden sings the fight song with teammates after the game. Montana defeated Eastern Washington 57-16 on Nov. 14, 2015. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

The accolades keep piling up for Whitefish native Derek Crittenden.

The senior defensive lineman at the University of Montana was named a finalist for the Montana AAU Little Sullivan Award, which honors the top male and female amateur athletes in the U.S.

Crittenden was one of four men and four women named as finalists, alongside Brody Miller, Jade Rauser, Toby Erickson, Ahlea Billis, McCalle Feller, Peyton Ferris and Janiel Olson.

Crittenden, a 2010 Whitefish graduate, served as co-captain of the Montana football team this past season. Crittenden, who will graduate from UM with degrees in philosophy, mathematics and chemistry, became the University of Montana’s seventh Rhodes finalist in the past 11 years. He was also a finalist for the so-called Academic Heisman, which recognizes the top football scholar-athlete in America.

Zack Wagenmann, a defensive lineman for Montana football team and Bobbi Knudsen from the Montana State Billings women’s basketball team, were last year’s winners.

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