'Johnny Cam': Manziel to Have Own Camera for Texas A&M's Battle vs. Alabama

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2013

Fans who cannot get enough of Johnny Manziel can rejoice: The Texas A&M quarterback will be on your television screen more than ever this weekend.

In Saturday's marquee game against Alabama in College Station, Texas, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner will have a designated camera focused on him at all times.

"No matter where he is and no matter what part of the game it is, we will have a shot of it. If he is anywhere in sight of that camera, we will catch it," states Craig Silver, coordinating producer of college football for CBS Sports, per Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated.

UPDATE: Tuesday, September 10, at 2:35 p.m. ET

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin doesn't seem too pleased about 'Johnny Cam'. Texags.com provides quotes from Sumlin, via Chase Goodbread of NFL.com:

"You know, I just heard about that this morning. Basically I really just heard about it maybe an hour ago. To me it's interesting -- everything we do, everything I try to do, everything we try to do here at Texas A&M is about team. It's about building our team, building our program and trying to not be an individual. Saturday afternoon you're going to have two football teams on the field. I just don't understand why there's got to be one guy singled out and put a camera on all the time. That's not what we're about, that's not what we're trying to promote and, certainly, from my standpoint all the criticism about individualism on the football team, I don't think this helps enhance the team concept one bit."

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Fortunately, Silver did concede that the entire broadcast and game will not solely be about Manziel:

By the time we get to kickoff, this thing will have been talked about ad nauseam throughout the sports world. We are not judge and jury. It is not our place, especially within the body of the broadcast, to state whether he should or should not be playing, should have been suspended or should not have been suspended. The way I approach it is how has all this stuff affected him as a football player and affected his team. 

The quarterback has made plenty of headlines throughout the offseason and the start of the 2013 season. He was suspended for the first half of the season opener against Rice due to his NCAA violation of autograph-signings. 

When he took to the field in Week 1, however, Johnny Football quickly made it known his flair and gamesmanship would not be affected in the least:

"Johnny Cam" will make sure to catch any more antics from the controversial quarterback, whether they take place on the field or on the sidelines. At the very least, it will provide more talking points after the game.

The game itself should be fantastic.

Alabama is the top-ranked team in the country and is seeking its third consecutive national championship. Furthermore, the Crimson Tide are looking to avenge their only loss from last season when Manziel and Co. were able to pull off an upset in Tuscaloosa in November. 

Nothing's ever a given in the SEC, but if the No. 6 Aggies were to win again, they would have a legitimate chance to run the table as SEC title and national championship hopefuls.

This is a game with major implications across college football, and it is certain to be an exciting battle throughout. If it turns out to be a blowout, though, at least viewers will have a chance to be entertained by Johnny Manziel's antics at all times. 


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