SEC on CBS features 'Johnny Cam' on Manziel, All-22 camera online
The television broadcast of Alabama-Texas A&M will feature a camera dedicated to Johnny Manziel.
Saturday's rematch between Texas A&M and Alabama is undoubtedly the most anticipated game of the early 2013 season. Millions of fans across the country will tune in to see Johnny Manziel's rematch against the two-time defending champion Crimson Tide.
The SEC on CBS broadcast will even feature a "Johnny Cam," CBS Sports coordinating producer Craig Silver told SI.com.
"No matter where he is and no matter what part of the game it is, we will have a shot of it," Silver explained. "If he is anywhere in sight of that camera, we will catch it."
In what many will consider encouraging news, Silver also said that the broadcast team does not plan to spend significant time discussuing Manziel's off-field actions or the allegations that he accepted money for signing autographs.
"By the time we get to kickoff, this thing will have been talked about ad nauseam throughout the sports world," Silver said. "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."
Fans may be suffering from Manziel fatigue due to the intense coverage over the last eight months, but there are three reasons this game, regardless of your feelings about Manziel, deserve your attention.
1. Alabama is the two-time defending BCS champion and No. 1 in the nation. The Aggies are No. 6 in the AP poll, with hopes of upending the Tide in the SEC West.
2. Johnny Manziel is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.
3. This a rematch of the Aggies' 29-24 upset of Alabama in Tuscaloosa -- the game that jump-started Manziel's campaign for the aforementioned Heisman Trophy.
One more broadcast note of interest: CBSSports.com will be offering an All-22, coaches camera view for SEC on CBS games this season. This is an encouraging step forward for college football, as fans have become more in tune with the X's and O's of the game at all levels. NFL fans already get access to the All-22 tape through the Game Rewind subscription service. Hopefully this will be the first of many more options at the college level.
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