Alabama QB AJ McCarron
Manziel mania hit Hoover, Ala., on Wednesday, but one man making the rounds on Thursday held the keys to the entire Manning camp story.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron was Manziel's roommate at Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, La., earlier this month, but he refused to comment on why he didn't wake up his rival and friend on the morning of Saturday, July 13.
"I'm not going to go down that route," McCarron said. "It was an honor for me to be there for the third year in a row. I was blessed to have that opportunity. I can only speak for myself, and I was ready to get out there and be able to work with the Mannings and a great group of guys."
Talk about your all-time question dodge.
McCarron told ESPN that he did try to wake him up one night, according to Joe Schad.
AJ McCarron tried - unsuccessfully - to wake up roommate Johnny Manziel at least once at the Manning Camp, a source tells @schadjoe.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 18, 2013
In the main ballroom, McCarron again dodged the question.
"I can't answer on Johnny Manziel's part," he said. "My name is AJ."
Manziel admitted to the assembled members of the media when he made the rounds at SEC Media Days that he overslept after failing to charge his phone overnight.
“I simply overslept," Manziel said in the main ballroom. "There’s nothing more to talk, and the rumors about the other things weren’t really true. I just overslept and missed a meeting. I absolutely lived up to it. There was no excuse for not having my phone charged or having an alarm set."
So, why didn't McCarron wake him up?
It doesn't appear that the question will be answered anytime soon, and McCarron certainly appeared to distance himself from the situation.
Not a bad play from the Alabama camp.
It's clear that McCarron is trying to distance himself from his rather minor role in the story. With another title run planned and perhaps a Heisman campaign in store, that's probably a good idea.
*Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC football writer for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.