Jordan Johnson reinstated at Montana

Jordan Johnson reinstated at Montana
FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2011 file photo, Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson (10) scrambles against Cal Poly during an NCAA college football game in Missoula, Mont. Jury selection in the trial for Johnson, charged in the rape of a friend while the two were watching a movie at her apartment, is scheduled to begin Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Albans, File)

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Quarterback Jordan Johnson has been reinstated to the Montana football team after his acquittal on a rape charge.

Johnson was dismissed from the team under the UM student-athlete code of conduct after being charged last July with sexual intercourse without consent. He was acquitted Friday by a jury that deliberated for about two hours.

Johnson appealed his suspension from the team over the weekend and is back on the team immediately, school officials said. The school's Athletic Conduct Team heard his appeal Monday and university President Royce Engstrom also approved the quarterback's reinstatement, the university said.

Spring drills begin on March 18.

Johnson played as a true freshman and as a sophomore he passed for 2,400 yards and 21 touchdowns in leading Montana to an 11-3 record and a spot in the semifinals of the 2011 Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. He also rushed for 506 yards and four more touchdowns as a sophomore.

Johnson missed the 2012 season while the charge was pending.