Johnny Manziel gets “Johnny Cam” for Texas A&M vs. Alabama


Johnny Manziel wasn’t giving up his money gesture in Texas A&M’s opener. (Eric Gay / AP)

Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M have a big rematch this weekend with Alabama, a team they upended last season during the Crimson Tide’s march to the national title.

Bama would very much like to avenge that loss. Johnny Football, you might have heard, has struggled with behavioral issues since winning the Heisman Trophy and was suspended for one half of the opener. There are so many story lines, in fact, that the biggest college football game of the season, so far, demands one thing and one thing only: The Johnny Cam.

Yep. CBS Sports intends to add a camera that will be trained solely on Manziel, SI.com’s Richard Deitsch reports.

“No matter where he is and no matter what part of the game it is, we will have a shot of it,” said Craig Silver, CBS’s coordinating producer of college football, told Deitsch. “If he is anywhere in sight of that camera, we will catch it.”

Oh, boy.

“The one analogy I can make in terms of covering someone is we obviously spent four years covering Tim Tebow at Florida,” Silver, who works on CBS’s SEC coverage. “I was always careful as a producer and I think Verne [Lundquist] and Gary [Danielson] were as broadcasters too to make sure we treated Tebow fairly. But, let’s face it, the guy was touching the ball every snap. I think people sometimes see what they want to see or hear what they want to hear. My main goal of this game is to just remember there is a lot more going on than Johnny Manziel.”

This idea is money.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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