Both of the teams in Friday's FCS national championship game were well represented in the Associated Press All-America teams, which were released Wednesday.
Top-seeded Montana and No. 2 seed Villanova had three players each selected to either the first, second or third teams. On the first team were Montana wide receiver Marc Mariana and Villanova's Matt Szczur, who made it as an all-purpose player.
Montana running back Chase Reynolds made the second team and offensive lineman Levi Horn was on the third team, while Villanova offensive lineman Benjam Ijalana earned second-team honors and defensive end Tim Kukucka made the third team.
Appalachian State, which lost to the Grizzlies in the semifinals last Saturday, had four players earn All-America honors, the most of any school, led by quarterback Armanti Edwards and safety Mark Legree on the first-team.
All three finalists for the Walter Payton Award, which will presented tonight, were on the first team: Edwards, Elon wideout Terrell Hudgins and Southern Illinois running back Deji Karim.
Montana's semifinal game against Appalachian State, which was broadcast on ESPN, was the highest-rated FCS postseason game ever, according to data compiled by the Neilsen Company and the NCAA.
The Grizzlies' 24-17 win drew a 1.9 rating and an estimated audience of 2,547,000. The game featured the two winningest FCS teams of the past decade and likely also benefited from being the lead in to ESPN's Heisman Trophy presentation.
After beating William & Mary on Friday night, Villanova quarterback Chris Whitney said he enjoyed being abIe to relax and watch the game.
"It's exciting when you're sitting there watching and the announcer comes on, 'The winner of this game will face Villanova in the championship,'" Whitney said.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 13,155 tickets have been sold for Friday's game at Finley Stadium, including 9,455 locally, Greater Chattanooga Sports & Events Committee president Scott Smith said.
Montana returned 300 of the 3,000 tickets it requested, Smith said. Villanova requested the minimum allotment of 1,000 tickets.
Fans won't be tailgating in the First Tennessee Pavilion before the game. That's because the facility has been renamed "Tailgate Town" for the event. Finley Stadium executive director Merrill Eckstein said the NCAA asked if it could put up a banner over the First Tennessee Pavilion sign and First Tennessee Bank gave its permission.