Regional digest: Mountain Lions sign former NFL quarterback

Published: Wednesday, Sep. 19, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 7C

Veteran NFL quarterback Josh Johnson has signed a contract to play for the Mountain Lions this season, the team announced Tuesday.

It was the first signing of a player for the 2012 season announced by the Mountain Lions, who are scheduled to open at 8 p.m. Sept. 28 at Raley Field against the Omaha Nighthawks.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to play and win some football games," Johnson said in a statement released by the team. "It's an opportunity for me to remain game-ready. I look at it as a great opportunity."

Johnson, 26, signed a two-year contract with the 49ers in March, but he was among the team's final cuts Aug. 31.

Johnson, who played for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh at University of San Diego, was selected in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In four seasons with the Bucs, Johnson played in 26 games, including five starts.

The Mountain Lions will have three other home games at Raley Field: Oct. 10 vs. Las Vegas, Nov. 2 vs. Virginia and Nov. 7 vs. Las Vegas.

– Bee Sports staff

UC Davis golf teams post solid tournament finishes

• The UC Davis women's golf team finished in a three-way tie for second place at a season-opening invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., UCD reported. Iowa State won the event by a stroke over the Aggies, Ohio State and UNLV.

Amy Simanton shot a 3-under 70 for a 1-under 218 total, tying for fourth place. Demi Runas shot a 72 and tied for 13th at 2 over.

• The UC Davis men's team finished fourth in the season-opening Husky Invitational in Bremerton, Wash., UCD reported. Host Washington won by nine strokes over Texas A&M. Saint Mary's was third.

– Bee Sports staff

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