BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU QB Jordan Jefferson and LB Josh Johns were reinstated to the LSU football team shortly after a grand jury determined they should not face felony battery charges in connection with a fight outside a bar.
"We certainly don't condone participation in the incident, but the legal system has determined that their actions did not rise to the level originally charged, and their punishment to date related to football has already been considerable," said Joe Alleva, director of athletics. "They will rejoin the team and begin practice immediately."
According to LSU head coach Les Miles, Jefferson was not only reinstated just hours after the grand jury's decision, but he was moved ahead of Zach Mettenberger on the depth chart as the No. 2 quarterback on the team.
An absolute overflow crowd gathered to see and hear the coach speak on the matter. They gave him a rousing ovation when Miles stated the name of his starting quarterback.
"Right now, Jarrett Lee is our starting quarterback and what we would want to do is, obviously, add to that skill set," Miles said.
When asked if it was unfortunate Jefferson Johns had been through this ordeal over the last six weeks, Miles said "No," adding whenever someone puts themselves in a bad situation and then at the mercy of a grand jury, "you have to understand where you stand" and hopefully, the entire team has learned their lesson from this event.
Miles, likewise, added their was no hesitation in reinstating the players because of the decisions made by that same jury.
"I would hope that everyone would embrace him [Jefferson] and know that he would add to our team and know that frankly, there are a bunch of teammates looking forward to his return," Miles explained.
The coach was questioned about the likelihood of Jefferson taking the field after so much time off of it.
"I think if he continues to do the things he's always done that he will get onto the field. I don't think there's any question there," Miles answered. "There will be an opportunity just like a year ago when Lee played in every game. It would be that opportunity that Jordan Jefferson would play in every game as well."