MISSOULA — Two Montana football players earned All-American awards from College Sports Madness magazine.

Senior offensive lineman David Reese and junior linebacker Josh Buss were both tabbed to the magazine's third team on Friday. 

Reese was a mainstay on Montana's offensive line for the past four seasons and started 47 straight games during his career.

The College Sports Madness accolade isn't Reese's first this postseason. 

The 6-foot-7, 301-pound left tackle from Happy Valley, Oregon, was Montana's lone first-team All-Big Sky player this season. Reese took home the team's Paul Weskamp Award this season as well. The Weskamp Award is presented to Montana's most outstanding offensive lineman. 

Buss was second on the team in tackles with 94 and was third on the team in tackles for loss with 13½ for a loss of 74 yards. He also added two interceptions, seven passes defended, five pass breakups and two quarterback hurries. 

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker from Boise, Idaho, was named to the Phil Steele FCS All-America third team as well. Buss was also a finalist for the STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award and finished 21st in the voting. In the Big Sky postseason awards, Buss made the second team defense.

In addition to the national and league accolades, Buss was voted Montana's defensive MVP for the second-straight season this year. 

Other Big Sky players tabbed to College Sports Madness' All-American teams:

  • First team: UC Davis wide receiver Keelan Doss, Weber State kicker Trey Tuttle, Weber State defensive back Taron Johnson.
  • Second team: Weber State tight end Andrew Vollert, Weber State offensive lineman Iosua Opeta.
  • Third team: Idaho State linebacker Mario Jenkins.

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Amie Just covers Griz football for the Missoulian, among other things. Follow her on Twitter @Amie_Just or email her at Amie.Just@406mtsports.com.

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