Oh, well, this is awkward. On one hand, Johnson is the star quarterback of the ever-popular University of Montana football team, making his comeback this fall after a year away from the team. On the other hand, that year away involved a high-profile and polarizing legal case in which Johnson was accused of sexual assault but acquitted. Perhaps there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Perhaps this is a vote cheering a young man who persevered through a brutally public court case. Perhaps it’s just about celebrating cat-quick scrambling ability, on-field leadership and the one player many in Griz Nation feel can return the team to national prominence. In any case, Johnson wins this year over last year’s winner, recently graduated UM point guard Will Cherry.