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Suspended Griz quarterback pleads not guilty to rape

By Kevin Maki, KECI Reporter, kmaki@keci.com
Published On: Aug 07 2012 06:54:50 PM MDT
Updated On: Aug 07 2012 11:07:48 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

It's the first day of Grizzly football practice. But the team's suspended starting quarterback couldn't have been further from the field.

Jordan Johnson was in court answering to charges in a rape case that has rocked the University and made headlines across the country.

Johnson pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

He's accused of raping a friend after she invited him to watch movies at her house in February.

According to court documents, the UM student told Johnson "no" many times.

Documents say the woman later texted a friend saying "OMG, I think I've just gotten raped."

Johnson's attorney said they're reviewing scores of University of Montana text messages to exonerate him.

Johnson came out of the courtroom flanked by his attorneys. He ignored reporters' questions.

He later booked himself into the Missoula Detention Center. His attorneys were with him.

"He's looking forward to being back in school," said attorney David Paoli,

When asked about the text messages, and how many his office planned to go through, Paoli said, "All of them."

District Court Judge Karen Townsend will allow Johnson to return to his hometown in Oregon before University classes start in August.

Johnson's next hearing is August 21st.